The pattern of “shockingly bad lawyering” by President Donald Trump’s team of attorneys has left the administration “in a world of legal hurt,” Lawfare editor-in-chief Ben Wittes explained to MSNBC’s Katy Tur on Monday.
The anchor noted that public claims by Trump’s attorney’s “seem to be in direct conflict” by the president’s actions towards special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigations.
Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, highlighted two big problems for the administration that were revealed through the conflicting motivations.
“I think the first problem is that, you know, people like you do not take him at his word when he tweets ‘no collusion and witch hunt.’ He finds that very frustrating,” Wittes observed.
“And the second problem is that, you know, when he tries to cooperate because he thinks he has nothing to hide, what happens is that the people around him tell the prosecutors about his behavior, which isn’t necessarily exculpatory talk, he continued. “And when when he gets upset and tries to sort of thrash back, he ends up exacerbating that with public conduct and private conduct that those people are then witnesses to.”
“And so he gets angry at Mueller and he tries to fire Mueller, who does the instruction go to? It goes to Don McGahn, who is then cooperating with Mueller himself,” Wittes explained.
“Look, the basic problem is that he’s in a world of legal hurt,” he concluded. “He is surrounded by lawyers who are not competent.”
“If you look at the broader pattern that led to McGahn’s disclosure to Mueller that The New York Times reported over the weekend, it’s shockingly bad lawyering over a long period of time,” he added.
Trump hit with a brutal and hilarious backlash for hypocritically whining about Dem congresswomen using swear words
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump once again took to Twitter to rant about the "Squad" of Democratic congresswomen of color who he previously suggested should leave the country. This time, he complained, among other things, that they use obscene language:
.....shouting of the F...word, among many other terrible things, and the petrified Dems run for the hills. Why isn’t the House voting to rebuke the filthy and hate laced things they have said? Because they are the Radical Left, and the Democrats are afraid to take them on. Sad!
Trump scrambles to stop GOP from voting on House resolution calling him racist: ‘Republicans should not show weakness!’
President Donald Trump begged House Republicans not to join Democrats in condemning him for racist tweets against four congresswomen -- and stepped up his attacks on the first-year lawmakers.
House Democrats plan to vote Tuesday on a formal condemnation of the president for repeatedly telling the quartet of lawmakers to go back to their home countries, although only one was not born in the U.S. and has become an American citizen.
"Those Tweets were NOT Racist," Trump insisted. "I don’t have a Racist bone in my body! The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game. Republicans should not show 'weakness' and fall into their trap."
Trump is ‘devoted to racial arson’ — and that’s why he took ‘a massive dump on the American dream’: Rick Wilson
Republican strategist Rick Wilson has penned a scathing column for the Daily Beast in which he dismantles President Donald Trump for telling four Democratic women of color to "go back" to their countries of origin, even though three of them were born in the United States.
Wilson begins his column by arguing that Trump has shown what happens when someone who is "devoted to political and racial arson" and is "beyond shame, reason, and dignity" gets elected to the most powerful office in the United States.