"I think the short answer is, it's possible. But the short answer is no," Litman said.
Wallace then broached the subject of one of the biggest "tells" for Donald Trump is the level of freakouts on his social media.
"When he was under investigation by Robert Mueller, it was the all-caps threats, his pleas for a Roy Cohen or whoever he thought would shield him from his own Justice Department. If you fast forward, I guess it was more recently his grave disappointment he's been expressing toward Bill Barr and other ex-DOJ officials. I'm not sure what he thinks they could be doing. They certainly did a heck of a lot when they were there."
She asked about deciphers for the all-caps attacks and the fixation on President Joe Biden's foundation office being in "Chinatown" in Washington, D.C. The National Portrait Gallery is also in D.C.'s Chinatown, as is the arena where the Washington Wizards play. There's a Chick-fil-A, a McDonald's and a Starbucks, as well as a number of churches. It appears Trump is using it as another opportunity to link Biden and China in the same sentence.
"It's certainly clear Trump recognizes he's in significant, enormous, legal trouble and he's not thrilled about it," said Swan. "This is the type of rhetoric he's been pushing going all the way back to the very earliest days of the Mueller investigation, seemingly operating under the assumption if he tweets with enough exclamation points and capital letters, it will somehow reduce the amount of legal jeopardy he faces. Also, Trump and his allies see a political benefit to be had in positioning him as this potential victim or this person being attacked by the nefarious forces of the deep state."
The comments come just as The New York Times published a report that Trump and his team are deploying a familiar strategy trying to defend the former president in the court of public opinion.
"Mr. Trump launched a pre-emptive strike against a possible indictment, posting a pair of messages on his social media platform early Thursday morning that sought to delegitimize the inquiry," the report began. "Mr. Trump accused a top federal prosecutor in the documents investigation of seeking to 'bribe & intimidate' a lawyer representing one of the witnesses in the case. He claimed that the prosecutor had offered the lawyer an 'important ‘judgeship’ in the Biden administration' if his client ''flips’ on President Trump."
Co-authored by Trump whisperer Maggie Haberman, the Times report said that the move was part of a playbook Trump "has used time and again to undermine inquiries into his conduct."
The Times said that Trump's lawyers have worked to gather allegations about prosecutors that could damage them personally or professionally as part of a way to bring down the investigation. It's what he did when he attacked special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation by linking it to FBI agent Peter Strzok and Mueller prosecutor Lisa Page, who were having an affair. Their relationship had nothing to do with the Mueller probe, but it gave Trump ammunition to attack the probe, saying that Trump haters were after him. At one point, Trump even went on a tirade against Mueller, saying that he was unethical because he left Trump's country club seven years prior.
Trump aides and lawyers have assembled a list of "misconduct" they say prosecutors in the DOJ can be accused of. It comes as the impending indictment looms.
Trump's "list of grievances was then placed in the draft of a letter written to Attorney General Merrick B. Garland intended to alert Mr. Garland to the lawyers’ concerns about how Mr. Smith’s team has handled the documents case," the report said, citing those close to Trump.
Part of the letters sent to the DOJ also requested a meeting with Garland. Instead, it happened with Trump's lawyers and Smith.
According to the allegation, a top prosecutor in the documents case brought up a municipal judgeship application that one of the lawyers had submitted. Trump's legal team says it was a veiled threat designed to pressure the lawyer into getting his client to cooperate with the feds.
"Throughout his life, Mr. Trump has treated every challenge to him like an ongoing negotiation," said The Times. "His impulse is to go directly to the person he considers the top official of an organization to lodge his complaints... By broadcasting his complaints on social media rather than making them in court papers to a judge, Mr. Trump avoided the normal method of lodging accusations about prosecutorial misconduct — a method that, of course, also puts a burden of veracity and accuracy on the accuser."
See the conversation on "Deadline White House" below or at the link here.
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