MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough expressed amazement that the president of the United States has been unable to find any top lawyers willing to represent him in the Russia probe.
The “Morning Joe” host said the job should be considered a great honor, but no lawyers were willing to represent a client who would ignore their advice, destroy their reputation and then stiff them on the final bill.
“It is very clear and we’ve heard it around Washington, we heard (GOP lawyer) Ted Olson talk about it — nobody wants to be this guy’s lawyers,” Scarborough said. “They don’t want to be his lawyer because, first of all he doesn’t pay his bills, and secondly, he lies to lawyers all the time. They can’t trust him going into court.”
Special counsel Robert Mueller continues drawing closer to President Donald Trump and his inner circle, Scarborough said, as the president’s legal team dwindles to basically a one-man operation.
“This is a president that is going into the legal battle of his life and it’s — he’s basically unilaterally disarmed himself,” Scarborough said.
Scarborough said no good lawyer would be willing to take on a client that couldn’t be trusted.
“The one thing a lawyer can’t put up with is being lied to when it’s you and your client in the board room, and you’re talking and going through the facts,” Scarborough said. “You just sit down with your client and you say, ‘You’ve got to tell me everything, and whatever you tell me doesn’t leave this room, but I can’t prepare for your case unless you tell me everything — so surprise me now, do not surprise me in the courtroom.”
“And yet here’s Donald Trump knowing that any lawyer he gets, he believes he’s smarter than that lawyer,” he added. “He’s going to lie to him, and there’s no way he can mount any defense for Donald Trump.”
Trump whistleblower needs to go directly to FBI because Bill Barr can’t be trusted: Ex-FBI director
Appearing on MSNBC with host Alex Witt, former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi blew up Donald Trump's claim that he is the victim of a "Ukraine Witchhunt."
He then added that the whistleblower who went to the inspector general with a serious charge against the president should take what he has and go to the FBI within a week if nothing happens.
"We've got to get to the bottom of this, and we can't rely on leaks and certain reporters getting certain tidbits of information," the ex-FBI man explained. "This needs to be explored and it's likely this could end up in a criminal investigation."
Furious Biden goes scorched earth on ‘serial abuser’ Trump over smears in epic rant
On Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa, former Vice President Joe Biden furiously laid into President Donald Trump amid reports he tried to strong-arm the Ukrainian government into digging up dirt on him and his son.
"Here's what I know, I know Trump deserves to be investigated," said Biden. "He is violating every basic norm of a president. You should be asking him the question, why is he on the phone with a foreign leader trying to intimidate a foreign leader, if that's what happened? That appears to have happened. You should be looking at Trump. Trump's doing this because he knows I'll beat him like a drum and he's using the abuse of power and every element of the presidency to try to do something to smear me."
Trump is ‘a profoundly lawless individual’: Presidential biographer tells Democrats to wake up and go after president
On MSNBC's "AM Joy" Saturday, in the wake of the Ukraine scandal, presidential biographer Bloomberg Opinion executive editor Tim O'Brien laid out how President Donald Trump's presidency has become a pure exercise in criminality — and how House Democrats need to treat this as the threat that it is.
"The Democrats are looking at this as a chess board," said O'Brien. "Republicans see it as a knife fight. They're not even trying to play chess. They've been playing politics at the electoral level and in the Congress by simply trying to rip the spine out of anybody who opposes them. The Democrats are trying to figure out what's the right thing. I honor that, but as long as they sit back and are more concerned about appearances or not upsetting the table, Republicans are going to run circles around them, both electorally and when it comes to Donald Trump."