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Trump’s post-presidential hell of criminal investigations and weak lawyers

Many things happened. Here are some of the things. This is TPM’s morning memo.

It’s not ready for prime time

A flurry of new reports over the weekend further cemented the impression that Trump and his legal team (to the extent there is a legal “team”… more on that in a bit) are merrily walking unprepared on what could be the most serious criminal guilt. that he has yet to face in his long and illustrious career of staying one step ahead of the law.

So, about that legal team. This is how the two main figures of that team, Evan Corcoran and Jim Trusty, were hired, according to the NYT:

Trusty was hired after Trump saw him on television, people close to the former president said. Mr. Corcoran arrived during the spring, introduced by another Trump adviser during a conference call in which Mr. Corcoran made it clear that he was willing to take on a case that many of Mr. Trump’s other advisers were trying to avoid. , people reported on the said discussion.

Who is supervising that team? I’m glad you asked:

The closest thing to a legal quarterback in Trump’s orbit is Boris Epshteyn, a former Milbank firm attorney who was Trump’s political adviser in 2016, eventually becoming a senior staffer in his inaugural effort and later in strategic advisor. in the 2020 campaign.

Epshteyn has defended Trump’s claims, dismissed by dozens of courts, that he stole the election from him, rising to a role he described to colleagues as an “inside consultant,” helping put together Trump’s slate. current legal team.

Corcoran, in particular, seems to be in over his head:

Mr. Corcoran, in particular, has drawn attention within the Justice Department for his statements to federal officials during investigative documents. People briefed on the investigation say officials aren’t sure if Mr. Corcoran was intentionally evasive or simply unaware of all the material still preserved at Mar-a-Lago that was found during the Aug. 8 search for part of the FBI.

Not much to work on?

mother jones: Trump’s lawyers don’t seem to have much of a defense

Trump appointed judge says he will appoint a special teacher

US District Judge Aileen M. Cannon has scheduled a hearing for Thursday to consider President Trump’s request for a special master to review documents seized by the FBI at Mar-a-Lago.

The judge’s scheduling notice over the weekend suggested he is leaning toward appointing a special master, but it’s unclear what the special master’s report would be. Review of seized materials for documents covered by attorney-client privilege would be a relatively routine function for a special master. Reviewing documents covered by executive privilege, which is what Trump asked a special teacher to do, would not be routine, especially since the privilege is not for the former president to assert.

The judge gave the Justice Department a Tuesday deadline to respond.

The Trump team treated the judge’s actions over the weekend as a victory. Not so almost:

track on time

NYT: “Prosecutors working on the investigation into Mr. Trump’s handling of classified information are nowhere near making a recommendation to Mr. Garland, according to people with knowledge of the investigation.”

More lost documents?

wow: “But the Archive’s work may not be done yet: Some NARA officials believe more records may still be missing, according to a person familiar with the matter.”

They have already shown that they will riot no matter what

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) warns of riots in the streets if Trump is impeached after Clinton’s were not:

How much damage did Trump do?

The intelligence community together with the Department of Justice assess the damage made over Trump’s improper possession of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines told lawmakers in a letter Friday.

I’ve seen stronger defenses

You can see A small light emerges between Trump and some elected Republicans about the Mar-a-Lago document fiasco. It’s not a lot of light, and it would be easy to over-interpret it, but let’s take it for what it is… at least for now.

It’s not just Blake Masters

We have other friends:

In case you missed it late last week, Blake Masters, the Republican candidate for the US Senate in Arizona, Similarly, he removed the website of his campaign of harsh restrictions on abortion. and tried to pretend that he has not been a staunch enemy of abortion so far.

The Republican Party is still fighting for Social Security

From Blake Masters in Arizona to Sen. Ron Johnson in Wisconsin, Republicans in key 2022 races have raised changes to Social Security, TPM alum Sahil Kapur reports.

Beto off duty due to illness

Beto O’Rourke campaign events canceled in his race against the governor of Texas. Greg Abbott after being briefly hospitalized for a bacterial infection.

How will it develop?

political: When an election denier becomes a chief election official

Truth Social is a lot like Trump Steaks

Trump’s fake Twitter platform “still does not have a guaranteed source of income and a questionable path to growth,” according to the Washington Post. But this little nugget jumps out at you: Trump Social has stopped paying one of its key vendors:

There are signs that the company’s financial base has begun to erode. The Trump company stopped paying right forgea conservative web hosting service, in March and now owes more than $1 million, according to Fox Business, which first reported the fight

Ukraine Update

WSJ: Russia moves to step up its stalled assault on Ukraine

NYT: ‘MacGyvered’ weapons in Ukraine’s arsenal

WSJ: UN Inspectors Head to Ukraine Nuclear Plant as Security Fears Rise

Countdown Delays

Artemis I, the NASA Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket that carries the Orion spacecraft, sits on Launch Pad 39-B at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, Sunday, August 28, 2022. The launch of unmanned test flight on a moon- The mission into orbit is scheduled for 8:33 am Monday, with NASA forecasting an 80% chance of launch. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

The first flight of NASA’s Artemis lunar program, which was scheduled for this morning, has hit some snags.

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correction: This post originally misidentified Blake Masters as the GOP gubernatorial candidate. He is, of course, the GOP candidate for the US Senate from Arizona. We are sorry for the mistake.


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