Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal appeared on MSNBC on Monday to speak about the events that have transpired since supporters of Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
Katyal was asked to answer questions about Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis hiring racketeering expert John Floyd for the investigation into whether Donald Trump and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) may have violated the law with efforts to overturn the election results in Georgia.
“Racketeering is often really about violent crimes like murder or kidnapping, but Georgia defines it more broadly to include false statements made to state officials,” Katyal explained.
“And here Trump does have a defense,” he continued. “What he’s going to say is ‘I wasn’t falsifying information, I genuinely believed I had won the election.’ Now ordinarily, that kind of defense wouldn’t pass the smell test, but when you’re dealing with delusion of grandeur Donald, maybe he’s got a defense there.”
“The investigation is not just about Trump. It’s also about Lindsey Graham, Rudy Giuliani, the former U.S. Attorney, Mr. Byung Pak and some others,” he said. “And any of those folks can flip on Trump.”
“And I heard you in last segment talking about Lindsey Graham, why is he still paling around with Donald Trump? Well, one shouldn’t rule out … the possibility that he might be paling around with Donald Trump because he’s hoping Trump will let something slip that Lindsey Graham can use in exchange for a deal.”
You can hear his remarks in the video clip below: