For everyone who expected Trump to lose his mind on Twitter following the FBI raid of lawyer Michael Cohen’s office and hotel room, they were not disappointed. However, these tweets carried quite a different tone than Trump’s normal tantrums. These tweets give the appearance of a president beginning to crack under the pressure and buckle under the fear.
According to Cornell Law School, the definition of attorney-client privilege is:
‘A legal privilege that works to keep communications between an attorney and his or her client secret. The privilege is asserted in the face of a legal demand for the communications, such as a discovery request or a demand that the lawyer testify under oath.’
As MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski pointed out to the president on Twitter in response to his panicked tweets, that privilege is not absolute in the face of evidence that a crime has been committed.
Speaking with legal experts, Time magazine wrote that:
‘To conduct a raid on an attorney requires several levels of authorization at the Department of Justice, which means “a judge had to have been satisfied that there was probable cause to believe that the attorney-client relationship had a fraudulent or criminal objective,” says Stephen Gillers, professor at the New York University School of Law. “That itself is unusual.”’
Trump has also been reminded numerous times by those who would know that, this time, he doesn’t get to yell about “witch hunts.” The raid is not the result of a “deep state” conspiracy by the Democrats and was not approved by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, former FBI Director James Comey, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, or a judge with Mexican heritage.
This time, evidence of a crime was referred by Special Counsel Robert Mueller (a Republican appointed FBI Director in 2001 by Republican president George W. Bush) to the federal judge for the southern district of New York, who issued a warrant. That judge was appointed to his federal bench by none other than President Donald J. Trump.
If Cohen is found to have been in violation of the law on the crimes he’s suspected of, it will not just hurt Trump, but the entire Republican party. As The Washington Post explained, Cohen is under investigation for “bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations,” and considering his position in the RNC, that could spell big problems for the GOP.
Twitter responded to Trump’s tantrums swiftly and with no mercy. See some of their responses below:
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