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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Meanwhile, Back in Trumpland

"Fully advised" and "properly advised" being two different things, especially since it seems the legal advice Trump is taking comes from Judge Jeannine and Steve Bannon:

The Washington Post reported Wednesday night that the people close to the erstwhile Breitbart executive say his plan has multiple stages. First: fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Second: stop cooperating with Mueller. Third: invoke “executive privilege,” which would supposedly render all of the interviews Mueller’s team has done with people close to the president “null and void.”

Steve Bannon, sooper-genius and legal expert par excellence!  Should we pause to note:

“It was a strategic mistake to turn over everything without due process,” the former adviser said, “and executive privilege should be exerted immediately and retroactively.”

Um, privilege doesn't work that way, Steve.  You don't use it, you lose it.  You can't declare "King's X!" and get it back again.

Bannon himself attempted to invoke executive privilege when testifying before the House Intelligence Committee in January. In response, House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said the fired Breitbart executive was attempting to invoke a form of executive privilege “that doesn’t exist and that no one’s ever heard of before.”
Yeah, when Trey Gowdy says you don't know what you're talking about, you don't know what you're talking about.  Besides, Trump thinks he can fire Mueller:
Which speaks to the quality of the legal advice he's getting on its own.


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