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A top aide to Donald Trump gave testimony to the special counsel on his cavalier attitude around classified documents – and experts expect she'll be a "killer witness."
Molly Michael exposed Trump for writing "to-do" lists on the back of classified documents. She'd get scrawled notes and said she would flip them over and see "sensitive" markings that specifically had to do with world leaders and other issues.
Former federal prosecutor Harry Litman explained on MSNBC that it doesn't necessarily mean that her revelation will lead to fresh charges for Trump, but it's "probative" to the special counsel case.
"This playing around with notecards shows he's cavalier, shows he's very Trumpian," Litman characterized. "But what you read, Chris, is the real punch line. Knowing that the FBI wants to interview her, he said you don't know anything about the boxes. And by the way, we know that is clearly a lie. It sounds like it anyway because she takes a picture and gives it to him. So, he knows, and the picture is in the indictment."
He went on to recall that she is cited as "Trump Employee 2" in the indictment paperwork. He went back to that initial indictment to match up the evidence she gave to the prosecutors and concluded, "She's going to be a killer witness here. No deal, no ax to grind. In fact, was loyal to Trump. Goes to Mar-a-Lago with him after, and then finally leaves when she knows he's basically breaking the law and obstructing justice. She gives absolute killer evidence about his trying to keep more than the boxes he had given up already to the FBI, and that's why the search ensued. Very, very powerful witness, she's going to be."
Litman went on to say that one of the problems that Trump is facing is that so many of the witnesses who were "loyal" to him now don't have the money to defend themselves.
"For example, Jenna Elis, saying why is he not paying our fees?" he noted. "That's exactly the kind of posture that is dangerous for Trump because if you are in financially dire straits, that is one real reason you would go to the prosecution and try to cooperate. One quick additional point about Molly Michael, by the way. She is present when Trump makes the statement to Evan Corcoran, 'What if we told [the FBI] nothing? Could we just pretend there is nothing there?' So, to the extent, he tried to make that a credibility battle between Corcoran, she is there to break the tie in a very persuasive fashion."
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Some of Donald Trump's critics have been cautioning journalists against treating the 2024 GOP presidential frontrunner like a "normal" candidate because he is anything but "normal."
Discussing Kristen Welker's interview with Trump for NBC News' "Meet the Press," the Los Angeles Times' Lorraine Ali warned, "Treating the former reality TV star like any other presidential candidate or victor before him assumes that he's playing by the same set of rules as his predecessors. News flash: He's not…. The sit-down may prove to be a ratings boon for the network, and perhaps even further boost Welker's career, but it failed to cut through the usual low-information bluster of past interviews with the former president."
In a listicle published by the conservative website The Bulwark on September 19, however, journalist Will Saletan defends Welker's interview — arguing that Welker "exposed, up close and at length, Trump's pathologies."
Welker goes on to list them: (1) "the 'rigged' election," (2) "Trump's indictments," (3) "The Georgia phone call," (4) "ignoring his lawyers," and (5) "the 187 minutes."
"If you came to this interview hoping that Welker or NBC News would refute every lie Trump told," Saletan argues, "you'll be disappointed. But I don't think exhaustive refutation is what we need…. People need to be reacquainted with the reality of Trump."Saletan continues, "They need to be reminded how recklessly he makes decisions, how poorly he controls his impulses, how ruthlessly he lies, and how impervious he is to correction….They need to be reminded what a psychopath he is. That's what Welker accomplished. She has done her job.”
House Republicans descended into a bitter feud during a closed-door meeting to discuss plans for funding the government Tuesday.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy canceled plans to hold a vote on the proposal later this week, leaving him without a plan in place to fund the government less than two weeks before a shutdown would begin Sept. 30 following the contentious meeting, reported CNN.
“There are a lot of ‘No’ votes in that room. I don’t know how they will get to 218,” said Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) after the meeting. “Without a deal with Democrats, I don’t see it passing. … It is going to be a long two weeks.”
Rep. Bob Good (R-VA) said GOP leaders were “entertaining everything” to get a proposal ready to vote on, including even lower spending cuts, but he predicted that a shutdown was likely inevitable, and Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) called on Republicans to work through the weekend to reach an agreement on keeping the government funded.
"[Norman] said he accidentally voted to support a rule for the short-term funding bill, saying he was 'asleep at the wheel' during the meeting on Monday night, but plans to vote against the rule when it comes to the floor," CNN reported.
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) suggested McCarthy to set out a topline spending number and numbers for each of the appropriations bills to help undecided lawmakers understand the range of options.
“I think the biggest thing that I have heard – and this is where my colleagues I think have a really important point – what do we do next? The speaker needs to set a topline, needs to set a structure, a target,” Roy said. “I have been saying that for months. We are here in my opinion because we haven’t had a clear target.”
At least 16 Republicans pulled support for a short-term spending package Monday as hardliners such as Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) threatened McCarthy's continued leadership.
“It’s an unmitigated disaster right now on the majority side,” said Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR).
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