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Former President Donald Trump is facing a unique threat of his longtime associates turning on him, argued former federal prosecutor Harry Litman on MSNBC's "All In" Wednesday evening — and not just the longtime aide who was told to forget the boxes of classified information.
Rather, he and anchor Chris Hayes mused, tons of Trump's aides who were indicted alongside him in the Georgia election racketeering case stand to be bankrupted by this trial, and could turn against him as a mere financial survival strategy.
"Jenna Ellis, for instance, who has publicly complained ... Harry Litman, about the fact she can't pay her legal bills," said Hayes. "She has now said she won't vote for Trump. She called him a narcissist, I, believe which is — well, welcome to the party ... again, this does seem to create an intense incentive for cooperation."
"Completely," said Litman. "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Look, Jenna Ellis is the perfect example here. She has got a GoFundMe site, that, I think, if it continues, might fund two days of trial, and what are they really supposed to do other than get public defenders?"
That, noted Litman, is already what happened with Yuscil Taveras, a Mar-a-Lago tech aide who originally was represented by a Trumpworld attorney, before switching to a public defender and revealing a lot of new information.
"So, even apart from the conflict problem, there's literally, are they going to be bankrupt?" said Litman. "And then what? Look to Trump at the very end? These are dangerous people, in dangerous times, for Trump."
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Lake has been teasing a potential run for Senate for months, including earlier this year, when it was reported that that fellow Republicans were "paralyzed" by the very prospect. Many observers reportedly fear Lake is far too extreme to win a general election.
"The former Arizona broadcast news personality lost the state’s gubernatorial race last year to Democrat Katie Hobbs. Despite losing by more than 17,000 votes, Lake has repeatedly claimed she won the election and has led numerous legal challenges to the election’s results. Before that, she championed Trump’s baseless claims that he, too, was a victim of election fraud after losing the 2020 election to President Joe Biden," reported Lydia O'Connor. "Lake ― who holds hardline conservative views against abortion, LGBTQ+ protections, undocumented immigration and gun reform ― would be seeking the GOP Senate nomination against Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb, another ardent Trump supporter."
Far-right businessman Blake Masters, who unsuccessfully ran for Senate in 2022, is reportedly also interested in running again.
Despite having lost her legal actions, Lake is moving forward with a new lawsuit accusing Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix and is the largest county in the state, of "engineered Election Day chaos" to defeat her, even though many of the election officials in charge of the county at the time were Republicans.
Democrats currently have as their frontrunner Congressman Ruben Gallego, who may have to face not just the GOP but, should she choose to run for re-election, independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who in many polls would be third behind the Democrats and Republicans in the race.
Donald Trump on Wednesday put pressure on Republican lawmakers to "defund" any federal prosecution into the former president.
Trump, who is currently facing dozens of felony counts in various jurisdictions, has consistently tried to get those in power to do his bidding. In this case, he sent out an alert to the congressional Republicans.
Trump took to Truth Social, his own social media platform created when he was booted off of most other social sites, to make his pointed request.
"A very important deadline is approaching at the end of the month. Republicans in Congress can and must defund all aspects of Crooked Joe Biden’s weaponized Government that refuses to close the Border, and treats half the Country as Enemies of the State," Trump wrote.
He then added:
"This is also the last chance to defund these political prosecutions against me and other Patriots. They failed on the debt limit, but they must not fail now. Use the power of the purse and defend the Country!"
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