Would Trump’s Stonewallers Have to Take the Fifth?
It could be that nothing is really lost by the Trump blocked testimony of the Stonewallers. They were so close to the blackmail or bribery or collusion or extortion or unjustified firings or cover-up or obstruction of Congressional investigation, that they could face serious charges themselves. Hence, even if they appeared before House committees, they would be lawyered up, and their lawyers would all direct them to refuse to testify on the grounds that they would tend to incriminate themselves. They also could be charged with shirking their government service oaths, to protect the Constitution, by reporting what they know to the FBI, the Inspector General, and also the independent Attorney General.
I have been lax in not informing any readers, that I am not only not a Constitutional Law Professor, I ain’t even a lawyer. My only legal education is watching 8 hours a day of CNN and MSNBC. And reading the now “Banned in the White House” NY Times and Washington Post. Doesn’t Trump remember what happened to all the “Banned in Boston” books?
Trump is actually more competent in leading his own defense than people realize. He had been involved in more than 3,000 court cases, even before he became President and broke ALL the rules. I don’t know of a count of government cases he has been sued in, but I do know that the challenges to overriding environmental rules is about 80. Plus, he was trained by the infamous Roy Cohn of Army-McCarthy infame. He also has been seriously guided by America’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. Trump has also told us that he knows more about tax dodging law than anybody, and I believe that. He just took up Florida residency in that pursuit. I would consider that, but I am afraid of alligators made refugees by rising Everglades waters.
I keep recalling that sixty some people were charged in Watergate, and 48 were convicted. That’s what motivated me to write this article.