Memo to Donald Trump: you’re going to prison
If you’re Donald Trump, at this point you’re desperately looking for any sign you might somehow stay out of prison. The last thing you want to see is any sign that you will go to prison. The very last thing you want to see is two signs that you’re going to prison. And the very last places you want to hear it from is your own legal team.
Trump’s classified documents scandal attorney Tim Parlatore didn’t just quit this week. He went on television to publicly accuse Trump’s other classified documents scandal attorney Boris Epshteyn of having screwed up Trump’s defense strategy in the case.
Why do this? Trump is about to go down hard in the classified documents scandal. Trump’s indictment is going to be a slam dunk, and it’s going to raise questions about how Trump could have backed himself into a corner so stupidly. Every one of his attorneys is going to face questions from the media and the public about how this could have happened. And they’re each hoping to avoid taking the blame for Trump’s idiotic handling of this scandal, because they have to try to find work after this.
Then there’s former Trump White House attorney Ty Cobb, who officially worked for the government but was unofficially representing Donald Trump personally. Cobb went on CNN this past week and flat out said that he expects Trump will go to prison in the classified documents scandal.
Keep in mind that the media (on both sides) does not want to play into the “Trump is going to prison” narrative – at least not yet. The media is still unanimously hyping the narrative that Trump is a lock for the 2024 Republican nomination and that his criminal liability somehow won’t play into it. So why is Ty Cobb using one of his limited cable news opportunities to go against the media’s preferred narrative? Cobb clearly expects that Trump’s indictment will be so catastrophic, it’ll soon become obvious to everyone that Trump is bound for prison, and Cobb wants to end up getting credit for having been ahead of the curve.
Tim Parlatore represented Trump up until this past week. Cobb hasn’t represented Trump in a long time, but does have an insider’s view as to how Trump handles himself in criminal scandals in general. And they both pretty clearly expect that Trump’s classified documents indictment is going to be a body blow. The people closest to Trump are the ones signaling the most clearly that he’s going down. Memo to Donald Trump: this is how you know you’re going to prison.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report