Former US Attorney Barbara McQuaid wrote in an op-ed for MSNBC on Sunday that the letter sent by Donald Trump’s attorney to US Attorney General Merrick Garland is a desperate ‘propaganda piece’ referring to fear of an upcoming indictment..
In her article, McQuaid wrote that the letter she delivered last Tuesday to Garland requesting a meeting to discuss Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation of the former president regarding classified documents found at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence last summer was “a thing.” to make a fire. Emotions and narrative control.
In the letter to the attorney general, Trump attorneys John Rowley and James Trusty requested a meeting to discuss the “ongoing injustice” of Smith’s dual investigation into the former president’s attempts to overturn his loss in the 2020 presidential election and the issues surrounding him after his victory. presidency. Processing confidential documents.
“President Trump is being treated unfairly,” the lawyers wrote in the letter, which the former president posted on his social platform, Truth Social. “Never in the history of our country has a President of the United States been subjected to such a baseless investigation in such a disgraceful and illegal manner.”
Similar sentiments were echoed by former acting US Attorney General Neil Katyal on Wednesday, telling MSNBC host Nicole Wallace that the letter is a “last ditch effort.”
He said, “It’s the kind of thing you do right before you think you’re about to be accused that you’re probably—surely—not going anywhere.”
On when Smith will issue an indictment against Trump, Katyal said that given the “scope of the investigation” and “how it has escalated over the past few weeks,” he “expects to allow it soon.”
Meanwhile, political analyst Craig Agranov said Newsweek On Sunday, Trump’s letter to Garland “is necessary to carefully consider the intentions and context behind these correspondences. Although some may see it as a desperate move or a gimmick, it is necessary to wait for new developments and gather more information before drawing conclusions.”
Asked why Trump’s legal team sent the letter to Garland instead of Smith, Agranov added: “It is possible that Trump believes Garland is the most relevant reference in this particular case. It is not certain that this situation will lead to an indictment, and it is not Sure, it’s best to let the legal process unfold and decide the outcome.
As said political analyst and professor at Dillard University Robert Collins Newsweek On Sunday, “Trump’s lawyers asked the attorney general directly,” because they believe a case involving a former president should be handled directly by only the attorney general. He’s basically desperate to say hi to you from his lawyer. You won’t succeed. Trials chronology.
Collins added that the same letter reads as Trump wrote it.
Looking at the actual language of the letter, it was clear that much of the letter was written by Donald Trump himself, not the lawyers. It sounded more like a press release than a legal document, he said.
Trump, who is running for president again in 2024, has faced other legal battles this year. Last Tuesday, New York Judge Juan Merchan set a trial date for March 25, 2024, in the case against Trump in which he is accused of falsifying trade documents related to hidden money paid adult film star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 presidential election. The case will begin just weeks after the first convened. Republican presidential rally in Iowa next February.
Additionally, there are also reports that Trump may be indicted in Georgia as part of an investigation into whether he committed a crime by calling on Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” more than 11,000 votes to overturn the results of the 2020 election. the state. .
The former president has repeatedly denied all allegations of wrongdoing related to his investigation, repeatedly calling it a “witch-hunt”.