According to former federal prosecutor Andrew Weissman, who previously worked on former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, Donald Trump sealed his own fate in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case by openly describing the document he held in a recording.
This week, a second indictment was brought against Trump, alleging a conspiracy with two of his staffers to destroy security surveillance footage showing them handling boxes of documents at the Florida country club.
However, the situation gets even worse for the former president as the new indictment reveals that special counsel Jack Smith possesses the highly classified Iran war plan document that Trump was allegedly flaunting and boasting about at his New Jersey golf club. This revelation severely limits Trump’s defense options.
During an interview on MSNBC, Weissman explained that the existence of the document, combined with the authenticated recording where Trump admits to being the defendant in the case, could be enough to prove the connection between the specific count in the indictment and the secret military plan.
However, to solidify the case, it would be helpful to have at least one witness who can testify, “Yes, that is the document he showed me,” thereby corroborating its authenticity.
Weissman added that the jury will likely find it easy to match the document in question to Trump’s description, especially considering that Trump himself is captured on tape describing it. In essence, the pieces of evidence fit together neatly, and the cumulative effect makes the case against Trump quite compelling, much like the famous “duck test”: if it looks like a duck, sounds like a duck, and walks like a duck, it’s probably a duck.
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