We all know that Trump obstructed justice throughout the course of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Even the Republicans know it. But most of us have also kind of speculated that Trump probably wasn’t smart enough to do it all on his own. It really takes a village. And it’s been long speculated that Trump’s attorneys were heading that village — working with both former and current aides to ensure that everyone revealed as absolutely little as possible when it came to Russian interference in Trump’s 2016 campaign.
The House Intelligence Committee isn’t ignorant of the possibility that’s Donald’s lawyers assisted the Trump administration in obstructing the ongoing investigation and shaping false testimonies from officials, and they’ve just added those lawyers to their ever-growing shit list.
A report from the New York Times claims that the investigation was kickstarted by Donald’s former personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen’s testimony. Cohen revealed in his sworn statement to that Trump’s lawyers edited false testimonies in regards to the 2017 Trump Tower Moscow meeting that he turned over to Congress.
Cohen also claimed that Donald’s legal team would “dangle” the prospect of pardons in an attempt to secure Cohen’s loyalty to the president. The House Committee seems to believe that this could be a precedent for Trump’s attorneys and is now investigating into whether or not Trump’s legal team used the same tactics on other witnesses that testified before Congress.
A multitude of false testimony cases have already been brought to light — the biggest of them being Don Jr.’s.
“Among other things, it appears that your clients may have reviewed, shaped and edited the false statement that Cohen submitted to the committee, including causing the omission of material facts,” Intelligence Committee chair, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) wrote to Trump’s attorneys. “In addition, certain of your clients may have engaged in discussions about potential pardons in an effort to deter one or more witnesses from cooperating with authorized investigations.”
Of course, the lawyers are doing just exactly what we expected — attempting to completely dodge the entire thing. With one attorney’s legal aide stating, “Instead of addressing important intelligence needs, the House Intelligence Committee appears to seek a truly needless dispute — this one with private attorneys — that would force them to violate privileges and ethical rules. As committed defense lawyers, we will respect the constitution and defend the attorney-client privilege — one of the oldest and most sacred privileges in the law.”
Go figure, right?
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