Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Chris Christie Says He's Worried Trump Will Perjure Himself A Go To Prison


Chris Christie, who knows Trump longer and better than most people in politics, has been running his mouth lately. The other day, he said Trump probably should never have hired crooked Oklahoma neo-fascist, Scott Pruitt, to head the EPA. On This Week Christie was whining about how his old enemy, Kushner-in-law, threw away all his work as head of the transition team. When Pruitt came up, Christie said “I don’t know how you survive this one, and if he has to go, it’s because he never should have been there in the first place.” On the same show Christie warned Republicans that Trump-- who Donna Brazille had referred to as “the Home Alone president”-- can’t prevent himself from lying, even in the most important, dangerous and consequential circumstances, like under oath.
Lost in the debate over whether President Trump should talk to Robert Mueller is this: The arguments against him doing it often betray a remarkably dim view of Trump's intellect.

To his credit, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie was rather blunt Sunday in making the case for Trump refusing the interview. Christie said flatly on ABC's This Week that he worried Trump wouldn't be able to stop himself from committing perjury:
He should never walk into that room with Robert Mueller. Because in the end, one of the things that makes the president who he is, is that he’s a salesman. And salesmen, at times, tend to be hyperbolic.

Right, and this president certainly has tended to do that.

That’s okay when you’re on the campaign hustle. That’s okay when you’re working on Congress. It is not okay when you’re sitting talking to federal agents because, you know, 18 USC 1001 is false statements to federal agents. That’s a crime. That can send you to jail.
This kind of argument has become rather common when it comes to Trump, but let's step back for a second and focus on what Christie is really saying: He is saying that not only is Trump prone to hyperbole because he's a salesman but that Trump can't be trusted to tell the truth even when not doing so constitutes a felony. Christie is basically suggesting that a 71-year-old man who happens to be the president of the United States can't differentiate well enough between truth and fiction (or what Trump himself has called “truthful hyperbole").

Others who have argued that Trump shouldn't talk to Mueller have danced around this point a little more artfully. Christie has said in the past that he didn't think the evidence warranted an interview with a sitting president. White House lawyer Ty Cobb and others have alluded to the prospect of a “perjury trap”-- the possibility that the interview could basically be an elaborate setup to get Trump to make a false statement.

And some aides have anonymously acknowledged that Trump just isn't good with details or the truth. Post contributor Daniel Drezner has been keeping a running tally of aides talking about Trump as if he's a toddler.

But Christie on Sunday basically came out and said what everyone is saying behind closed doors. In the debate over whether Trump is a habitual fabulist or just a strategic one, Christie seems to be coming down on the side of the former. He seems to confirm that Trump doesn't really know what the truth is.

We still don't know whether Trump will grant the interview. But his personal attorney John Dowd reportedly left Trump in part because of frustration with the president's insistence on testifying and apparent concern that Trump might perjure himself. Other lawyers, it seems, may have similar concerns about walking into a situation in which Trump may soon explode the case by talking to Mueller.

At its core, that requires a pretty amazing lack of confidence in the man who has been entrusted to lead our country. And the more Trump supporters like Christie feel compelled to come out and say stuff like this publicly, the more scared you will know they are.

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At 6:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's Christie worried about? He committed perjury himself over the bridge closings and got hired by FAUX!

At 7:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thx 6:33. I was going there too.

We know Nixon was pathological, but he knew he was lying and was planning the coverup of the lies as he was lying. Trump is incapable of such thinking.

We know the bushbaby lied. Cheney also lied. Everything cheney ever said is a lie. But both of them knew that voters are too stupid to care and nobody will ever make them pay.

I'll believe that Mueller is not a republican plant when/if he ever gets an indictment on a trump or a Kushner; but it has to be before November or it doesn't count.


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