During an MSNBC discussion on the various entities of Donald Trump’s empire that are under investigation, one of his biographers pointed out that his entire presidential campaign was constructed like a “criminal enterprise.”
Speaking with AM Joy host Joy Reid, author and columnist Tim O’Brien sat back and put the most recent revelations from special counsel Robert Mueller in context:
“What we have learned from these documents is that there is the very real possibility that the Trump campaign was a criminal conspiracy from its beginnings and that criminal acts might have been committed,” O’Brien observed. “Now you have the Trump White House dealing with the consequences of all of these.”
“When you have Rudy Giuliani distracting people, focussing only on campaign finance issues, focussing inaccurately on campaign finance issues, it distracts from this larger halo of illegality hanging over this entire Trump team,” he offered.
“You know, Trump and his advisers have put out three defenses in the wake of Cohen’s sentencing memo that Michael Cohen cannot be trusted,” the biographer continued. “He is a dishonest narrator, that he was giving the president advice and it wasn’t the other way around and none of it had anything to do with the election.”
“You can pick apart on the fact pattern in all three of those things,” he explained. “Specifically, it had nothing to do with the election and that it was Cohen taking advice from Trump, rather than Trump being the architect of those of these issues.”
Addressing the Mueller investigation, among others, he added, “These are smart, veteran prosecutors who are assembling a case and Michael Cohen is a small part of that.”
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