This is almost too delicious for words. I swear to God, given his own tether, Trump is going to hamstring his own lawyers so thoroughly that they literally won’t have a plausible defense to make for him in court. And he did it again tonight.
Let’s be clear about this. The Trump documents case at Mar-A-Lago is a slam dunk case. There isn’t even anything to contest. It all boils down to three simple matters. 1) Were the documents in question qualified? 2) Did Trump illegally possess them after he left office? And 3) Did Trump take steps to illegally conceal said documents after their return was demanded by the proper federal government agencies?
Obviously the simple answer to all three is YES! And that’s really the ballgame right there. There’s literally nothing left to argue. But Traitor Tot has continued to trot out a laundry list of lame ass excuses. The first one was that he had sat there in the Oval Office and waved his magic schlong, and everything on his desk was automatically declassified. He also floated the absurdity that he could simple look at documents, and they were automatically declassified by Imperial fiat. This sh*t was so lame that even his lap poodle Judge Aileen Cannon wrote in her protective order that any claims of declassification must be accompanied with proper documentation. Ouch!
But by far and away his favorite go to bullsh*t cop out has been the Presidential Records Act. The funny thing is that His Lowness warps the Presidential Records Act to mean that all presidential records that passed his desk are his, to do with as he pleases. But as former US acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal explained on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, the truth is the exact opposite. In fact the PRA was passed in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, specifically to prevent a criminal President like Nixon or Trump from absconding with records and tapes, and destroying them so their criminal behavior couldn’t be discovered.
And he did it again tonight. In an exclusive FUX News interview Trump kept flogging the same dead horse. But at least he paid a little bit of attention to his lawyers. The moderator called him out on the documents, and Trump again claimed the PRA as his protection. She followed up with, Are you saying that every single CIA document that crossed your desk is your own personal property? To which The Cheeto Jesus replied, I’m not answering that question to you. In a single legal word, NO!
She then pressed him on the now infamous audio of El Pendejo Presidente showing a highly classified military document about possible war plans with Iran to journalists. Trump pressed back, Look, that wasn’t a classified document, we’ve already proved that. But even if it was, it’s mine! The Presidential Records Act says it’s mine, and I can do what I want with it.
She then hit Trump with his attempting to hide and obstruct the documents from discovery and recovery by the FBI, and once again The Pampers President rubbed his security blanket up to his cheek, Look, I don’t have to hide anything. Those documents are mine, and I can do anything I want with them. They’re mine!
This is pathetic. I raised four gorgeous daughters, and at about age four every one of them decided that something was theirs, and they could prove that it was theirs, and they could do whatever they wanted with it. And no matter what you said, how you reasoned, what you tried, they wouldn’t buy a word of it. And so you had no choice to take it away from them!
And that’s where Donald Trump is right now. He is clinically delusional. I believe that his lawyers have finally managed to hammer it home to him as to just how dire this situation is. But that doesn’t matter to Il Douche. He will continue to cling to the tattered cloak of The Presidential Records Act until he sits in a hard chair at the defense table, and listens to the court clerk read out, We the jury, in the above named action, find the defendant, Donald John Trump, guilty of the charge in count one of the indictment. Nothing less will do.