Trump reportedly and quietly hired another lawyer, John Lauro, but the former Ethics Czar and impeachment lawyer Norm Eisen claims it won’t be enough.
Eisen knows Trump well
Norm Eisen served as White House ethics czar and ambassador to the Czech Republic under President Barack Obama. He was also special counsel to the House Judiciary Committee from 2019–20, including for President Donald Trump’s first impeachment and trial.
Talking to CNN’s Jim Acosta, the lawyer praised Trump’s attorney but did not think that would do the former president any good.
Pence talked to CNN before Eisen joined
The former Vice President said that Trump’s words were hard, but he is still not convinced they were “criminal.” He added, “President Trump was wrong that day, and he’s still wrong.” Then Pence wondered about Trump’s intentions, reminding that “criminal charges have everything to do with the intent.”
Eisen told Acosta that Pence was a “good Vice President on January 6”
The lawyer continued by saying that Pence is not a criminal law expert. Eisen noted that Pence’s focus was on the wrong thing.
From November 2020 to the riots
Then Eisen, according to his knowledge, explained that Smith’s indictment includes things that transpired in November 2020, “an alleged nationwide scheme to procure fraudulent, false election certificates.”
187 minutes of “inaction”
Eisen alleged that Trump “squeezed Mike Pence to betray his duty” on January 6, adding that “it’s not the words of his speech so much.” Eisen continued, “It’s that 187 minutes of inaction. Former president Trump had a legal duty to act. And that gives rise to the charges for violating rights and privileges.”
CNN presented three points from the indictment. These are “deprivation of rights, conspiracy to commit an offense or defraud the United States, and tampering with a witness.” Eisen said that Trump’s case is quite simple, adding it looks like a “three-act drama.”
“Very skilled and a “very brilliant defense lawyer”
Attorney John Lauro is a former federal prosecutor in Brooklyn who works in Florida and New York. CNN claims that Lauro came to Trump’s defense team as part of the January 6 team.
Not going to help
Eisen called Lauro “very skilled and a “very brilliant defense lawyer” but expressed it wasn’t likely to keep Trump from conviction.
The evidence is “overwhelming”
Norm Eisen said, “It’s not going to work because I believe the evidence is so overwhelming here. When this case gets to a jury, Donald Trump is going to be in a lot of trouble. But he does have a good defense lawyer on his side now in John.”
Three key ingredients
Eisen declared, “Rhose phony false, fraudulent counterfeit certificates!” He elaborated, “These were pieces of paper that said the undersigned were the electors for the winner,”
That is a “counterfeit”
Eisen concluded, “Donald Trump. And they signed these false electors signed that. That’s a counterfeit. 18 USC 1871. That was led from the Oval Office, conspiracy to defraud.” Watch the former Ethics Czar and impeachment attorney break down the indictment.
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