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Sunday
Sep232018

If You Don't Have the Facts, Attack the Messenger

"Don't shoot me, I'm just the messenger."  Its language that has been used in countless movies, screen plays and sonnets since time immemorial.  But I guess its only natural. One place where I've absolutely seen it is in courtrooms.  

This is a tool used by prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys all of the time.  If you have the facts on your side, you use them.  If you don't, you attack the credibility of the messenger, or witness, in order to undercut the legitimacy of the facts that they are presenting.

President Trump and his supporters have been doing this incessently for more than a year and a hald now as it applies to the Mueller investigation. And their strategy is quite clear to any of us who walk into courtrooms everyday, please ignore the facts the other side is presenting and believe us instead.  This might even mean, if the most extensive investigation in modern history comes to a certain conclusion, just ignore it.  

I will appear on MSNBC today to discuss the latest involving the investigation, recent allegations involving Rod Rosenstein and more. Hope you can catch it.

Sunday
Dec032017

[MSNBC] December 2nd: And the Noose Tightens

I appear on MSNBC with Richard Lui on December 2nd. With Mike Flynn entering a guilty plea, the Mueller investigation continues to heat up. The Trump campaign and Administration tried to argue the Flynn went rogue and that he was the only one that was in contact with the Russians. However, it is clear that those statements were flat out lies, and I use the terms specifically.  At least six members of the Trump team knew about the contact according to emails in the hands of Mueller.  Then, Trump rolls out Pence to lie to the American people on January 15, 2017, to claim there were no contacts at all. 

Maybe the biggest bombshell of all involves a tweet by Trump today. He claims that he fired Flynn at the end of January for lying to Pence and "for lying to the FBI."  This is critical because four months later, Trump went to Attorney General James Comey and asked him to drop the investigation.  If you know that somebody has committed a crime, and lying to the FBI is absolutely a crime, then trying to get the investigation dropped is by definition obstruction.

This is going to be a spicy interview.