Trumpety Dumpty Sat On A Wall …

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men, couldn’t put Trumpety together again.  Or, put another way, all the lawyers in the world cannot save this ‘man’ from himself.  As of last July, Trump’s legal team consisted of:

  • Ty Cobb (White House special counsel): Cobb was the first lawyer hired to work inside the White House as special counsel. The former federal prosecutor will oversee the White House legal and media response to the Russia investigations. In private practice, Cobb specialized in white collar crime and congressional investigations. He is in fact a distant relative of the former baseball great of the same name.

  • Jay Sekulow (personal lawyer): Sekulow is the chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a radio personality and arguably the most visible member of the president’s legal team. Before he was hired by Trump, Sekulow specialized in litigating cases related to free speech, religious liberty and human rights. His best known case is a 1987 Supreme Court religious rights case. Sekulow is also a musician and fronts the Jay Sekulow band.

  • Marc Kasowitz (personal lawyer): Kasowitz has been Trump’s personal lawyer for over 15 years in a wide range of business and personal legal issues. He represented then-candidate Donald Trump in the Trump University lawsuit that settled late last year. He earned his reputation as a tough litigator arguing antitrust, commercial litigation and white collar crime cases. Some of Kasowitz’ more notable clients currently include Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch reported to be close to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the country’s largest state-owned bank, Sberbank.

  • Michael Bowe (personal lawyer): Bowe is a longtime partner at Kasowitz’s firm. He specializes in cases related to commercial litigation, real estate and hotel disputes, and insider trading.

  • John Dowd (personal lawyer): Dowd is best known for the investigation that led to former baseball Hall of Famer Pete Rose being banned from the sport. He also represented Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., during the “Keating Five” banking scandal in 1989. Earlier in his career, Dowd was part of a U.S. Department of Justice organized crime unit.

  • Donald McGahn (White House counsel): Formerly a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission (FEC), he was instrumental in loosening regulations on campaign spending.  McGahn managed all litigation involving Donald Trump’s 2016 Presidential campaign, and he successfully defeated numerous litigations and legal efforts to derail the campaign. Several weeks before the election, lawsuits were filed in four battleground states alleging voter intimidation and seeking to enjoin the Trump campaign from having observers at polling locations. McGahn successfully managed and won these litigations.

These names have become household words in the past 14 months.  I could not name a single lawyer in the employ of President Obama, nor Bush, for that matter, but Trump’s lawyers are as well-known to us as our own family.  But now, it seems a shakeup is in the wings, as he is reported to be considering firing one, another is considering resigning, Trump has hired one new one and is said to be considering yet another new one.  Just how many lawyers does it take to protect this person from himself?

So, who’s likely on their way out the door?  Start with Ty Cobb.  Although Trump assured Mr. Cobb that he had no intention of firing him, two White House staffers report that Trump has been seriously considering doing exactly that, mainly because Mr. Cobb has encouraged Trump to fully cooperate with Robert Mueller’s investigation.  My guess is that Mr. Cobb’s days are numbered.

John Dowd is said to be considering tendering his resignation because he has concluded that he has no control over the behavior of the president.  Took him a while to figure that one out, didn’t it?  Remember, though, that Dowd was the one last week who nearly demanded that Rod Rosenstein put an end to Mueller’s investigation.

And then there’s the ‘new kid on the block’, Joseph E. diGenova, a nutcase conspiracy theorist.  He claims that the Mueller investigation is “a brazen plot to illegally exonerate Hillary Clinton and, if she didn’t win the election, to then frame Donald Trump with a falsely created crime.”  The perpetrators of said plot?  Why, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ), of course.  Listen to what he told Sean Hannity (he who lives for conspiracy theories) last month …

“We are headed toward a very sad ending for the FBI and senior DOJ officials. … I believe that several high FBI officials will be charged criminally. And it is conceivable that some DOJ people will also be charged criminally. … I would consider this the largest law enforcement scandal in history for this reason. The activities of McCabe and others and Bruce Ohr and others were designed to subvert the Constitution and a national election, the most serious offense under our Constitution.”

And just this month he told Tucker Carlson …

“It means that the system of equal justice has been rent asunder by the conduct of James Comey, America’s best-known dirty cop, Andrew McCabe and others, including senior Obama administration Justice Department officials. This is a moment in history that has sullied the reputation of the FBI and the Department of Justice, and deservedly so. Every one of these people should be put in a wanted poster at a post office, even though they may never be arrested.”

This, folks, is the man who will now have Trump’s ear, any time, day or night.  I suspect his hiring is the reason John Dowd is considering a resignation.  But, I’m still not done …

Trump’s ‘legal team’ has extended an offer to Theodore B. Olson, one of the country’s most high-profile and seasoned litigators.  Mr. Olson served as solicitor general in the George W. Bush administration.  From what I have read, Olson might actually be a stabilizing influence on this team of clowns.  However, he turned down the position once, and after being asked yet again, is said to be considering it.  If he’s smart, he will turn it down again.

I end where I began, with the question:  how many lawyers does it take to protect this ‘man’ from himself?  And I add a few more questions.  Who protects us from him?  Who is paying all these high-priced buffoons, Trump or us?  How much more of this insanity does it take before Congress opens their collective eyes, rubs the sleepy dust out of them, and says, “WHOA … looks like we better stop this runaway train!!!”?

Q: How many lawyers does it take to change a light bulb?  A: Six. One to change the bulb and five to write the environmental impact statement.

13 thoughts on “Trumpety Dumpty Sat On A Wall …

  1. What you don’t know about all of the Conspiracy folk is that they are actually sleeper agents recruited by Al-Qaeda ‘back in the day’ to spread alarm and confusion in the USA…..
    Chew on that one Alex Jones, Sean Hannity, O’Reilly, I got your number, you can’t fool us y’know, we know where you get your money and orders from and it’s due east!
    (See how they like getting shhh-allow stuff thrown at them!)

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  2. Dear Jill,

    You already learned that Mr. Olsen was too smart to get on board this Presidential Trump band wagon.

    Mr. DiGenova has a legitimate legal firm but he is the wrong guy. His firm is representing guys who could turn on the president like Mark Corallo, Eric Prince and Sam Clovis.

    As you pointed out, Mr. DiGenova was knee deep in with the the Clinton Cash/ anti-Clinton FBI guys around October 2016. He is part of the conspiracy that was anti-HRC. He still is a believer that President Obama had the president wire-tapped.

    This is the last guy that the president needs on his team.But I guess he looks good on FOX TV.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Yes, I saw this evening that Mr. Olson had declined! He must have a good bit of sense, yes? It would have been a no-win situation for him, as there is already bickering among the lawyers, and as we both know, nobody can please Trump for very long. Personally, I think diGenova is either a nutcase or an attention-seeker. I rank him right up there with Alex Jones and Sean Hannity.

      Did you see earlier this evening that a judge refused to throw out the sexual harassment claim against Trump by one of the people on The Apprentice who said he inappropriately groped and kissed her against her will. His lawyer argued that he was immune as president, and the judge said that nowhere in the Constitution did he have immunity and the case stands. Of course, all his hot-shot lawyers will appeal and it will likely eventually get dismissed, but I was heartened by the judge’s decision.

      Hugs!!!

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  3. Jill, with the latest addition and derailing efforts, take it to the bank , Trump is guilty as hell. On a related matter, the following announcement reported in Buzzfeed is quite revealing:

    A retired United States Army lieutenant colonel and Fox News contributor quit Tuesday and denounced the network and President Donald Trump in an email to colleagues.

    “Fox has degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration,” wrote Ralph Peters, a Fox News “strategic analyst.”

    “Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association. Now I am ashamed,” he wrote.

    If you have few minutes, check out his email. Keith

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    • What is so funny about this comment is that as you sent it, I was preparing a post to highlight Mr. Peters’ resignation email!!! It caught my eye as I was doing research for tomorrow’s Good People post, and I just had to share it!

      Oh yeah, Trump’s guilty as hell and it becomes more and more obvious with each passing day! I wonder how he sleeps at night?

      I also just read that Theodore Olson declined the job. Smart move, eh?

      Like

  4. diGenova sounds like a screwball of the first water. It’s fortunate that I think people son’t take conspiracy theorists half as seriously as they once did and no-one takes them seriously where Frump is concerned. People don’t tend to see the Trump connections with Russia as anything less that real, not a theory.
    Cwtch

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    • He is indeed a screwball of the highest order! I did a bit of digging, and I could write an entire post about him. Hmmmm … might be a candidate for an Idiot of the Week, since I haven’t even done one of those yet this year.

      I don’t know … it seems that an awful lot of people have bought into the conspiracy theories of Alex Jones, Sean Hannity, O’Reilly and others in the past few years. I think people like a good story, whether it has an element of truth or not. Many of Trump’s followers actually believe, or at least claim to believe, that Trump and his family are entirely innocent of any wrongdoing, despite the evidence to the contrary, and despite the fact that he is acting guilty as hell.

      Cwtch

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