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Cornered by Mueller, Trump Hires a Hatchet Man

March 21, 2018 in Blogs

By Jefferson Morley, AlterNet

Joseph diGenova, former U.S. attorney-turned-conspiracy-theorist, joins the White House defense team.


With the hiring of talking head attorney Joseph diGenova for his legal team, President Trump signaled Monday how he plans to fend off special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation: with a conspiracy theory.

Trump’s previous defenses have been overwhelmed by an avalanche of facts. The president’s claim that the charges of collusion between his campaign and the Russian government are a “hoax” and “fake news” have been refuted by guilty pleas from three former top aides, Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos and Richard Gates. All three have admitted making false statements to Mueller’s investigators.

The indictment of 13 Russians for interfering in the 2016 election is replete with references to collaborating Americans “known and unknown to the grand jury.” In light of Mueller's recent subpoena for the records of the Trump Organization, those words elevate the threat to the White House.

By firing career FBI agent Andrew McCabe, denouncing Mueller's alleged “Witch Hunt” and hiring diGenova, Trump is doubling down on the theory that a cabal of liberal FBI agents and Justice Department officials have invented the charges against him. DiGenova will fill in the details.

Hatchet Man

DiGenova is a theatrical character. The son of an opera singer, he grew up fascinated by politics. He worked on the Church Committee, which investigated the CIA in the mid-1970s. He became chief of staff for Republican Senator Charles Mathias, a moderate, and then U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia. In the 1980s, he launched the corruption investigations that would eventually ensnare D.C. Mayor Marion Barry.

“Barry didn’t understand that law enforcement is a continuum, and that there are a lot of people who care about corruption,” diGenova once said, an observation that also applies to his newest client.

DiGenova can’t help Trump and Co. much on the legal front. All the president’s men are learning that bleating “Benghazi” or “email server” may appeal to Fox News and Breitbart editors, but provides no protection from a subpoena or jail term. And so guilty pleas and cooperating witnesses are …read more

Source: ALTERNET

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