Trump has spent the last several months attacking the reputations of those in the FBI, even calling out people specifically by name and title on Twitter, that is unprecedented by a U.S. president.
Anyone who is helping build the case against him for obstruction of justice was a target of his insane tirades. In fact, Trump and his attorney were just busted for conspiring against FBI officials.
Trump hired John Dowd back at the middle of 2017 at the height of the Russian scandal and Dowd immediately informed him that certain FBI officials were likely to be instrumental in the obstruction of justice case being assembled against him since they were witnesses to the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
Trump began working out a plan to attack them and undermine their word. This is a textbook definition of witness intimidation and witness tampering, which is a national offense. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been exploring these activities and it’s not looking good for Trump and his attorney.
Foreign Policy reports:
President Donald Trump pressed senior aides last June to devise and carry out a campaign to discredit senior FBI officials after learning that those specific employees were likely to be witnesses against him as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, according to two people directly familiar with the matter.
In discussions with at least two senior White House officials, Trump repeated what Dowd had told him to emphasize why he and his supporters had to “fight back harder,” in the words of one of these officials.[…]
John Dowd denies the accounts by the officials, however, the Foreign Policy reports goes on to say, A person with direct knowledge of the matter said although Dowd explained the risks of senior FBI officials joining Comey in testifying against Trump, that information was part of a broader presentation to the president about Mueller’s investigation. It is not improper, but in fact is a duty, for an attorney to explain to a client how they are at risk, the source said. What may have been improper, however, were actions Trump took upon learning that information.
Since Dowd gave him that information, Trump — as well as his aides, surrogates, and some Republican members of Congress — has engaged in an unprecedented campaign to discredit specific senior bureau officials and the FBI as an institution.
The simple fact that his attorney acted as a co-conspirator to basically attack the FBI means that attorney-client privilege likely no longer exists. Trump’s own attorney may very well need to cut a deal with Robert Mueller and testify against Trump only to save himself.
Trump’s other allies might very well be held accountable for these crimes as well. Several of his current and former consultants are part of this coordinated attempt to smear and intimidate people who pose a threat them in the investigation. Anyone who actively coordinated with Trump is on Mueller’s list and they can just end up confronting some criminal charges on their own.
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