Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara poured cold water on President Donald Trump’s early morning tweet that attorney-client privilege is “now a thing of the past,” saying the president has no idea what he is talking about.
Appearing on State of the Union with Jake Tapper, the CNN contributor was asked about the tweet, which said in full, “Attorney Client privilege is now a thing of the past. I have many (too many!) lawyers and they are probably wondering when their offices, and even homes, are going to be raided with everything, including their phones and computers, taken. All lawyers are deflated and concerned!”
A bemused Bharara, had a different opinion.
“I don’t think that Donald Trump has a decent understanding of what the attorney-client privilege is,” Bharara explained.
“Every single time the President makes clear that he doesn’t like an investigation of him or his associates and wants his investigation to stop, that adds to the narrative … that that was intentional and is potential obstruction,” he added.
Before going on CNN, Bharara was more succinct, calling the president’s tweet: “Absurd.”
This is absurd. https://t.co/nClTG5sNKJ
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) April 15, 2018
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Former US Attorney Preet Bharara responds to President Trump’s Sunday morning tweetstorm: “I don’t think that Donald Trump has a decent understanding of what the attorney client privilege is” #CNNSOTU https://t.co/NWW3YxqSxE
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) April 15, 2018