Former Deputy Assistant General Harry Litman joined MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” on Friday to dissect the latest judicial opinions issued in the legal cases surrounding President Donald Trump.
Litman explained the appointment of a special master in Michael Cohen’s case as “someone who will be reviewing the documents and try to call out which are privileged, which seem to have indicia of advice from a lawyer.”
“Which, we’re told by the United States are fairly few, they expect and have represented to the court that Cohen really wasn’t so much a lawyer as a kind of businessman, fix-it guy and if they’re right, there won’t be that many documents that the special master will identify,” Litman noted. “But the special master will have the first — she’ll have the first crack at it and will report to the court in the collaboration with the parties.”
“Harry, it seems to me that one of the subtexts of the judicial rulings in the civil case against Michael Cohen is, ‘this dude is going to get indicted,'” Hayes observed. “That is very much between the lines, my sense, from reading what this — the judge in that civil suit says.”
“That’s not the subtext, that’s the text!” Litman replied with a chuckle. “The text says, ‘I think an indictment is coming.'”
“You know, in both of these rulings, and all the stuff I’ve been parsing, it’s like, you can see the shadow of the shoes yet to drop sort of cast over the entire proceedings,” Hayes concluded. “It’s really, really ominous in the language.”