Donald Trump is on the verge of being criminally indicted in three jurisdictions, on too many different felony counts to list, with a slew of inside witnesses lined up to testify against him, and – in spite of the doomsday hysteria you’re hearing on TV – plenty of time to hold trials before getting to the heart of the 2024 election cycle.
Trump is in such an overwhelmingly difficult situation, even the world’s savviest criminal defense attorneys would have a hard time trying to get him off the hook. Unfortunately for Trump, he’s now represented by the world’s worst attorneys. They’re blowing it for him in every way possible – and now they’re turning on each other.
Worse for Trump, his own behavior is undermining his attorneys even further. He’s begun asking his political advisers if his attorneys are any good, and he’s begun asking outside attorneys if they want to replace his existing attorneys, according to the Wall Street Journal. Think about just how bad of a predicament this is to be in.
You’re about to be criminally indicted on everything from election fraud, to campaign finance fraud, to obstruction of justice, to the Espionage Act, to racketeering, and instead of gearing up with your attorneys to try to get yourself acquitted in three upcoming trials, you’re trying to figure out which of your attorneys to fire.
This is something that Donald Trump would have needed to sort out a very long time ago, so that he could have brought competent attorneys on board with enough time to hash out his defense strategies in these various cases. Instead he’s hired a bunch of TV lawyers, and he’s shocked to find out that they can’t protect him from anything, or even delay things like he was hoping.
We shouldn’t expect anything different, of course. In the old days, Trump used to hire people who were bad at doing their official jobs but were skilled at doing his dirty work for him. Now he can’t even seem to find those kinds of people. He appears to be so far gone, he thinks criminal justice system battles are fought and won on cable news, and he’s been hiring people accordingly. Now he’s panicking because that’s going exactly as poorly as everyone but him knew it would.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report