A legal scholar and MSNBC analyst explained Monday that Donald Trump’s major problems with the law are largely self-created.
“The president has three basic problems,” Lawfare editor-in-chief Benjamin Wittes said during a discussion about Trump’s legal issues. “Number one, the facts are bad for him. Number two, he has bad lawyers. And number three, he is a terrible client.”
Trump, Wittes noted, “is his own worst enemy.”
“His lawyers are his second worst enemy,” the Brookings Institution co-director noted.
He then offered the president some tongue-in-cheek legal advice.
“He could shut up and stop digging himself in deeper,” Wittes said. “He could also, of course, say things that are true, rather than continue to say things that are false, which has a way of making all situations worse for you.”
Deputy national security adviser accused by White House officials of being ‘Anonymous’ may be reassigned
According to a new report from Axios, there's a discussion amongst top Trump officials about reassigning deputy national security adviser Victoria Coates to the Department of Energy from the National Security Council. Coates has been the target of some inside the White House who accuse her of being behind an op-ed in the New York Times -- and later a bestselling book -- which chronicled a resistance movement inside the Trump administration.
Trump is ‘our chief criminal running a crime syndicate out of the West Wing’: Former federal prosecutor
Former federal prosecutor John Flannery is one of the over 1,100 former Justice Department lawyers and prosecutors who signed a letter demanding Attorney General Bill Barr resign after intervening to reduce the sentence of a close friend of President Donald Trump.
Flannery said that the backlash of Barr's intrusion is there are many who feel isolated or intimidated from speaking out against illegal or unethical things they witness.
"What they're doing is trying to erase the parallel case that was just the subject of the impeachment, because what [Roger] Stone is charged with was interfering in our election in 2016," explained Flannery. "And then obstructing the investigation by the Intelligence Committee into that interference, and causing them to lie and threaten and so forth. So, they'd like to erase that."
Ex-Obama adviser offers three essential tips for any Democrat who wants to beat Trump
Dan Pfeiffer, a former adviser to President Barack Obama and current host of the "Pod Save America" podcast, has written a piece in Politico that offers three essential tips for whomever the Democratic Party nominates as its candidate for president.
In particular, Pfeiffer looks at the major mistakes that Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) made when he ran against Obama in 2012, and which allowed Obama to win quite handily despite being stuck with an unemployment rate of 8 percent.