Television made Trump, but 'TV lawyers' won't save him.
As special counsel Robert Mueller closes in on Trump and his minions, Trump is reportedly hungry for more of what’s gotten him in the most trouble lately: “TV lawyers.”
A deeply reported piece by The Washington Post paints the picture of an investigation that is closing in fast, and has a lot of the goods on Trump.
In interviews with witnesses and White House officials, the Post reported on a parade of witnesses, who were surprised at the amount of evidence — “including text messages and emails” — that accompanied the questioning.
But instead of worrying about the mountain of evidence and the parade of witnesses, Trump is fretting about his legal presence … on television:
The president vents to associates about the FBI raids on his personal attorney Michael Cohen — as often as “20 times a day,” in the estimation of one confidant — and they frequently listen in silence, knowing little they say will soothe him. Trump gripes that he needs better “TV lawyers” to defend him on cable news and is impatient to halt the “witch hunt” that he says undermines his legitimacy as president. And he plots his battle plans with former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, his new legal consigliere.
Giuliani has been the television face of Trump’s meager legal team for a few weeks now, and the results have been devastating for Trump.
Giuliani was hired in mid-April, but came out from behind the curtains two weeks ago when special counsel Robert Mueller’s questions for Trump were leaked to the media, an unwise move that observers suggest had Rudy’s fingerprints all over it.
Days later, Rudy stunned Sean Hannity with the bombshell revelation that Trump reimbursed Michael Cohen for the hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, which would mean Trump lied when he denied knowing about it.
The next morning, Giuliani gave another Fox interview, during which he drew an explicit connection between the payoff and the 2016 election; and that weekend, he confirmed that Trump and attorney Michael Cohen have a “long history” of payments like the one made to Daniels.
But Trump has thus far stuck with Giuliani, who even said, in that same Post story where Trump complains about his “TV lawyers,” that he and Trump are “on the same wavelength.”
Maybe Giuliani and Trump haven’t noticed that the lawyers who quit over Trump’s failure to follow sound legal advice are not the ones who went on TV for him. Jay Sekulow, who has repeatedly been caught lying for Trump, is the only other “TV lawyer” on Trump’s team.
If Trump thinks there’s anything that will save him from Mueller, let alone that “TV lawyers” will do the trick, he’s deluding himself.