Ask not for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee
This is getting interesting. MSNBC just reported that Donald Trump’s criminal defense attorneys are in contact with the DOJ to determine what if any communications between Trump and his advisors may be privileged from being brought before the federal grand jury investigating the J6 insurrection.
OK, this is hinky. Usually, especially in a federal investigation, there’s a kind of elaborate legal Kabuki that goes on. The DOJ announces a criminal investigation, and the empaneling of a grand jury. The defense immediately comes forward and says that the DOJ is full of shit, and that their client hasn’t done anything wrong. And then the investigation goes on under the radar.
It’s only if the DOJ’s investigation and grand jury testimony uncovers enough damaging information that the DOJ issues a Target letter, or as it’s better known in legal circles, a Heart attack letter, advising the defense that their client was now a target in the criminal investigation, and inviting the defense to come in and show them any plausible reasons why the government shouldn’t go ahead and indict in the grand jury.
As far as I know, and I think we’d already know, no Target letter has been sent to Trump’s defense team, advising them that he is now an active criminal target in an investigation. And yet Trump’s highly paid, but yet likely unpaid lawyers are in contact with the DOJ over the admissibility of testimony before the grand jury.
Which begs the question, What are they arguing about? It turns out that it’s really quite simple, they’re arguing claims of Executive Privilege. Sweet Jesus, how many times do we have to flog this dead horse? US courts, including the Supreme Court have ruled that executive privilege rests with the sitting President, and not his predecessor. SO why are they arguing this now?
Gee, maybe this. In the last couple of weeks, former Vice President Mike Pence’s two closest advisors have both testified in front of the grand jury. Who knows what they can tell about Trump’s campaign to intimidate Pence into literally stealing the 2020 election for him. And now his dormer White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, as well as his top aide are under grand jury subpoenas. And while the J6 committee may have bumped up against Cipollini’s claims of privilege, it won’t stand up in front of a grand jury with the crime/fraud exemptions. And Trump’s lawyers know it.
The walls are closing in on Traitor Tot. But he remains blissfully ignorant. According to reporting today, Trump is deeply skeptical that he will be indicted. That’s good Emperor Numbus Nuttus, you keep that shit up right until the steel bracelets clamp down over your wrists. Don’t touch that dial.