Harry Litman @harrylitmanLATimes Sr Legal Affairs Columnist. Host & exec prod, @talkingfedspod. FCA Lawyer. Teach con law at UCSD& UCLA. Senior Fellow USC. Former US Atty, Dep Assis AG. latimes.com/people/harry-l… La Jolla, San Diego Joined January 2017
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Trumps latest: if he is charged it could bring “potential death & destruction”After he’s charged, there’s likely going to be a showdown with the judge, who wont stand for this prejudicial rhetoric. Q then will be whether Trump will stand down before being sent to jail.
@TaraSetmayer: Gentry Republicans would love DeSantis to swing in and be the savior from an embattled Trump, but it’s just not going to happen. Hear her, @BillKristol & @peterbakernyt discuss a hardcore maga base and what it means for the primaries at bit.ly/RightsTF
The Manhattan indictment will be on track next week--no reason to think otherwise--so good time to consider how the case will work. Looking forward to discussing on @DeadlineWH w/ guest host @AymanM + @MaraGay & @susannecraig at 4 PM ET.
I'm cramming on everything so laying down a challenge for the @ProjectLincoln sophisticated faithful to try to stump me! See you LIVE this afternoon w/ @TaraSetmayer & @TheRickWilson ! twitter.com/ProjectLincoln…
Whoa. Black Hawks won’t wear Pride jerseys on weekend Pride night because of “security concerns,” apparently related to their players from Russia, where any advocacy of gay rights is illegal.
Bragg threw us a curveball today. I can’t say I know the full explanation, but looking forward to discussing on @CNNnewsroom w/ guest host @Boris_Sanchez at 2 PM ET.
Super interesting. Among other things, debunks “lead poisoning“ theory and speculations about his race. Also, turns out a famous lock of his hair wasn’t his. And so many fans wanted locks of his hair that he was completely bald a few days after his death. nytimes.com/2023/03/22/hea…
The pushback letter from Bragg’s office is a really fine mix of legal analysis and rhetorical flair. Jordan’s obnoxious efforts to meddled in an uncharged local case is five ways lawless, including that the remedy for a “political“ prosecution would be in the courts.
yes this is really a big part of the story as history will record it. Trump set out to corrupt the system though use of the law and lawyers. Live by the sword.... twitter.com/AWeissmann_/st…
ummm. I guess you could call this a "clarification." anyway it's a welcome development that not both of the leading R candidates want to pull the rug out from under Ukraine. DeSantis Calls Putin a ‘War Criminal,’ Clarifying Earlier Comment on Ukraine nytimes.com/2023/03/22/us/…
.@HC_Richardson re Republican attacks on Stormy Daniels case : "The pending issue of the hush-money payment is not just about 2016, and it is not just about Trump. That today’s Republican leaders have not condemned any of his attempts to cheat speaks volumes about the party. "
if that's what's happening, it does suggest to me some last-minute jitters on Bragg's part. I don't think that would be about the possibility the GJ would not return an indictment but rather that the case as indicted wouldn't be strong enough. Very strange development.
.@AWeissmann_ posits (as pure speculation, which is all we can do now) that maybe they're looking to charge Weisselberg on insurance fraud. That wouldn't exactly be an "unrelated" case, as was reported, but that's a nuance that could be lost in the reporting. in any event,
Another day, another vigil in downtown New York. The Grand Jury returns, perhaps to vote out a true bill. Looking forward to discussing on @MSNBC @YasminMSNBC at 10 AM ET.
We have one clear situation-& very bad for Trump-in the Mar A Lago investigation; and one opaque one in the NY DA case. Looking forward to puzzling through it together on @11thHour w/ guest host @mehdirhasan + a great group- @joshgerstein @JoyceWhiteVance & @Yamiche- at 11 PM ET
👇👇👇. may already have provided the notes and materials, which include "transcriptions of personal audio recordings." wonder what those are?! a lawyer can't just tape a client but that leaves a lot of room. and the really provocative word there: "personal." twitter.com/costareports/s…
having fundamental doubts or second guesses about seeking the indictment. We are very very far down the line and there have been so many concrete signs. To decide now not to bring the case would be like throwing into reverse a train going 200 miles an hour.
Or they want to make a solid record of having informed the grand jury of certain evidence for a defense that they anticipate Trump's making down the line. Or as I say, something even more pedestrian. I think the main point however is that it is less likely that Bragg is
to the trial. Perhaps there's a witness that Bragg's team really wants to lock in on a certain point. (a wild possibility here would be to call Allen Weisselberg, who remember Cohen testifies is ordered along with him to do the financial details of the hush money payout.).
To assess a decision that could only be made when the grand jury is in session. (Also, of course, all kinds of even more pedestrian possibilities, like somebody was sick.) It could be to shore up the evidence in the grand jury, but it strikes me equally likely that it's connected
From the grand jury. That in turn suggests that there's no strong evidence that a true bill is less likely than it was. So what was the DAs office reasoning?Fundamentally, we can't tell, but I think we shouldn't discount the possibility that Bragg just felt he needed another day
Just a few thoughts on the delay today in the Manhattan DA case. The one concrete meaningful snippet we seem to have is that the delay was ordered up by Bragg and just communicated to the grand jury. That suggests that it's not occasion to buy any kind of hesitancy or curiosity
As @NorahODonnell put it, "that's a lot of legal news." Thanks @costareports for including me on both sides of the @CBSEveningNews report on Trump's troubles. cbsnews.com/video/manhatta…
Corcoran now reportedly scheduled to testify before GJ on Friday, and also reportedly was ordered to turn over his documents today. So events moving very quickly.
On the Corcoran ruling from the DC appellate court, which is fairly devastating for Trump, reports are that he may not appeal to Sup Ct, as he normally might be expected to do. Only diff is a few days anyway-- Court wouldn't take the case.
Pretty crazy day on Manhattan DA watch, but it all turn out to be much ado about nothing, and latest report is GJ returns tomorrow. Looking forward to discussing, along w/ Mar-A-Lago impt developments, on @allinwithchris w/ @chrislhayes & @BarbMcQuade at 8 PM ET.
.@BillKristol: These indictments could help or hurt Trump. If DeSantis needs to come to his defense, then Trump takes the narrative and we could see him benefitting in the primaries from the attention. Hear him, @peterbakernyt & @TaraSetmayer in the latest bit.ly/RightsTF
A little more on Fox v Dominion. Based on his questions, seems possible that Judge will say some facts such as that Dominion rigged 2020 election are false and question for jury is just whether Fox made them w/ knowledge or recklessness.
2nd day of Summary Judgment hearing in Fox v Dominion is complete, & Judge Davis says that he will rule w/in a week. Look for him to deny both parties' motions & to order trial next month to proceed. Possible EXC: he cd grant SJ on FALSITY of some of the Fox reporting.
The "actual malice" standard of NYT v Sullivan figures hugely in Fox defamation case. What is it exactly? Why ask me, when you can hear it directly from the great Rachel "My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" Bloom in the sidebar of this week's @talkingfedspod at 27:25. bit.ly/RightsTF