I dunno. I’m not a lawyer, never played one on tv, and don’t pretend to be one. But if you know something about politics, then by necessity you tend to learn a little something about the law. They kind of tend to intersect. And you can see when someone is insofar over their head that they can’t even see the surface of the ocean anymore.
It has been widely reported that Trump is having a helluva time getting a top tier law team to defend him. He asked John Sale, a former federal prosecutor and federal defense lawyer, partner in a white shoe law firm to defend him, but Sale respectfully blew him off. Sale is that kind of a guy.
And so, Trump moved on to his next logical choice to defend him against espionage charges, Florida insurance lawyer Lindsey Halligan. Sweet Jesus, why not just save the cash and go with a public defender? Oh yeah, I forgot, Trump doesn’t pay his bills.
Halligan was the Trump lawyer that was present at Mar-A-Lago when the FBI search went down. And she’s a slow moving train wreck. Especially if you watch FUX News, you’ve probably already seen more of her than you want. Her answer to every question seems to start off with We believe…News Flash! A lawyer isn’t paid to believe, they’re paid to know. And a criminal defense lawyer is paid to always put the best situation on the case as possible.
I believe one example will suffice. This time it was Cruella de Ingraham who took her turn to stick a hatpin into a Trump blow-up bop doll. On Thursday there was a hearing in federal court on a FOIA request brought by several national news agencies to unseal the search warrant affidavit. Halligan was present representing Trump, but did not speak, nor file a motion. She was an observer.
Ingraham, no more a lawyer than I am, still caught the obvious problem. If you’re representing the President, and if you didn’t file a motion to enter into the case on his behalf, didn’t you just waive your right to enter into the proceeding at a later date, so that you can negotiate the extent of the redactions?
Halligan’s response was pure, unadulterated lawyer babble, No Laura, we don’t believe that we have given up our right to file a motion later at all. After all, we haven’t even seen the affidavit yet. Once we’ve seen the redacted version, we’ll decide whether or not to file a motion at that time.
Spoiler Alert Lindsey! Guess what? The national media network and their lawyers haven’t seen the affidavit yet either! That’s what they filed the FOIA request for in the first place. Your stance is like a poker player bowing out of a hand to take a piss, coming back to the table and seeing a jumbo pot, and telling the dealer to deal him in.
Halligan had the chance to stand up in court, file a motion to represent Trump in the proceedings, and put some skin in the game. But she didn’t. And now there’s no legal reason for the judge to let her see the redacted affidavit until it’s released to the public. Welcome to the practice of federal law, Lindsey.
This actually makes me queasy. Under our system, every defendant is entitled to competent defense. When Trump goes down, I want him to do it with a team of blue ribbon criminal defense lawyers next to him, not a stable of K-Mart ambulance chasers. I want it to be ironclad.
And so, for the crime of not only being legally incompetent, but lacking enough logic to realize that you have to throw a chip in to get a seat at the table, Lindsey Halligan, stand up and take a bow, FOOL!