Trump Talks To Hannity & Confesses (Again!) To The *Exact Crimes* The DOJ Alleges He Committed
Everything Trump has said and posted can (and should) be used against him at trial (if (when) he's indicted).
Donald Trump, who is currently in so much legal trouble it’s difficult to keep track of all the investigations and lawsuits, recently did an interview, running to Fox’s and Sean Hannity’s warm embrace.
Trump’s statements from start to finish were bizarre, deranged, dishonest, unhinged nonsense. “Word salad” doesn’t begin to describe it (and salads are good for you, so that phrase may be a misnomer). Hannity attempted to guide Trump towards the proper answers, but he was not always successful.
Trump also admitted (and not for the first time!) to the exact crimes the Justice Department alleged he committed. Each and every time Trump opens his mouth or posts a faux-tweet, he does more damage to his already pretty much non-existent defense.
As MSNBC’s Chris Hayes explained:
Donald Trump went on national television, where he sounded like a raving lunatic, totally disassociated from reality, but crucially, fundamentally, admitted to the main facts of the crime that the DOJ alleges he may have committed. . . .
Donald Trump admit[ted] the basic facts at issue. When he says “you’re sending it to Mar-a-lago . . . when you send it, it’s declassified”, he’s telling the world . . . he did order classified documents to be removed from the White House and sent – shipped down – to his retirement home in Florida. In other words, he willfully and intentionally retained classified government records and national security secrets. He takes that even further when he admits that he didn’t want to send the documents to the National Archives (or NARA) because he did not think he would get them back. . . .
And here’s the other thing – and this is crucial – as the 11th Circuit pointed out in its ruling yesterday, the point [Trump] is making – as he incriminates himself – the point he is making about classification is irrelevant. “. . . the declassification argument is a red herring because declassifying an official document would not change its content or render it personal. So even if we assumed that Plaintiff did declassify some or all of the documents, that would not explain why he has a personal interest in them.”
THEY’RE NOT HIS EITHER WAY! The documents do not even have to be declassified . . . The point is that he took the material. It didn’t belong to him, classified or not – although clearly it was classified. He lied about it – multiple times – resisted giving it back. That’s the essence of the criminal offense he’s being investigated for – and he just admitted to all of it, on national television.