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Trump flounders as lawyers flee his side

October 27, 2023 4:52 am

DES MOINES, IOWA – AUGUST 12: Former U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledges supporters as the visits the Iowa State Fair on August 12, 2023 in Des Moines, Iowa. Republican and Democratic presidential hopefuls are visiting the fair, a tradition in one of the first states that will test candidates with the 2024 caucuses. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Anyone under indictment for 91 criminal and civil charges including everything from election tampering to fraudulent business practices might start to crack from the stress.

With the potential to lose his properties and maybe wind up broke in a prison cell, it’s no wonder the 77-year old former president is getting more erratic by the day as his former attorneys jump ship, admitting their own crimes and cutting plea deals to testify against him.

While some continue to believe Trump’s endless lies, there’s nothing like hearing some truth “from the horse’s mouth,” which in this case is coming from those former attorneys.

“If I knew then what I know now, I would have declined to represent Donald Trump in these post-election challenges. I look back on this experience with deep remorse,” said a teary Jenna Ellis. “I failed to do my due diligence.”

This follows similar guilty pleas and willingness to testify against Trump by two more of his former attorneys last week — Sidney Powell and Kenneth Chesebro, the rats who came up with the “fake elector” scheme and somehow expected it to work and overturn the results of Trump’s 2020 election loss.

Nor are these tiny crimes.
Chesebro pleaded guilty to a felony conspiracy charge that could have seen him face significant time in prison. He admitted the goal of the fake electors plot was to “disrupt and delay the joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, 2021.”
Powell likewise admitted her guilt for attempting to breach election equipment in Georgia and as part of her plea deal may wind up testifying that she witnessed Trump planning to call out the Pentagon to seize voting machines.
And of course, the first of Trump’s former attorneys to jump ship was Michael Cohen. The former president’s “fixer” has already spent time in jail for tax crimes, campaign finance violations and lying to Congress in 2017. He admitted facilitating hush money payments to adult-film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal to silence their accounts of Trump’s illicit affairs.

Now Cohen is back in court again, only this time to testify in the civil fraud trial New York’s attorney general is bringing against his former boss for filing false documents related to his properties. As Cohen put it in his 2020 book, Trump is ““a cheat, a liar, a fraud, a bully, a racist, a predator, a con man.”

Given this avalanche of very bad news, it’s no surprise the former president is going off the rails. First he denies that his former attorneys were, in fact, his attorneys. But then consider his comments in New Hampshire this week, in which he claimed, “I was never indicted.”
Uh, well, except for the four indictments and the 91 charges already filed against him.
He also told Republicans: “You don’t have to vote, don’t worry about voting. The voting, we got plenty of votes.”
Granted that sounds mighty strange coming from a candidate on the stump, but again, it’s indicative of his rattled mental state. Given that he is highly unpopular with a majority of Americans, you might think he’d want to garner every vote he could.
And for a guy who is infamous for his embrace of some of the worst authoritarians in the world, he can’t even keep them straight, praising Viktor Orban as “the leader of Turkey” when, in fact, he’s the prime minister of Hungary.

It’s a sad collapse, but then again, that’s what happens with a house of cards built on endless lies. Eventually, it all catches up with you and the walls come tumbling down — and now, it’s caught up with Trump.

George Ochenski is a longtime Helena resident, an environmental activist and Montana’s longest-running columnist.

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