A U.S. attorney immediately cited Trump's unhinged rambling from this morning's Fox News interview in a legal filing.
Trump's unhinged Fox News interview immediately blew up in his face, putting him in further legal jeopardy.
Almost as soon as Trump’s interview with Fox News was over, U.S. Attorney Robert Khuzami addressed Trump's ramblings in a letter to the federal judge overseeing the fallout from the FBI raid on Trump fixer Michael Cohen's offices.
Khuzami noted that Trump damaged his claim that the documents recently seized are protected by attorney-client privilege, and he used Trump's own words to do it.
Khuzami wrote, "[Cohen client], President Trump, reportedly said on cable television this morning that Cohen performs 'a tiny, tiny little fraction' of his overall legal work." Khuzami explained this suggests "that the seized materials are unlikely to contain voluminous privileged documents."
Trump's ally and cheerleader, Fox News host Sean Hannity, also appears in the letter. Like Trump, Hannity hired Cohen as an attorney, and the U.S. Attorney cites Hannity's public statement that Cohen "has never represented me in any matter" as a reason why the seized documents are not privileged.
The fast-acting U.S. attorney clearly understands that in many ways, Trump's incompetence is his worst enemy.
While lawyers defending Trump and Cohen have argued that the documents seized in the Cohen raids should be off limits due because of attorney-client privilege between Trump and Cohen, his early morning Fox News tirade is now being cited as evidence that contradicts that claim.
As we all know now, Cohen arranged the hush-money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels that buried the story of her affair with Trump before the election. Trump is clearly concerned that Cohen is primed to flip on him and could reveal his secrets to investigators.
Trump has made overtly public offering of pardons to his inner circle currently under legal pressure, but seems to believe that these men may nonetheless crack. After all, many of them have first-hand experience with Trump's long history of reneging on promises.
There was a long and involved relationship between Cohen and Trump. So it makes sense that Trump is worried the world will discover some of his most intimate secrets from the documents seized in the raid, and he's hoping they'll stay hidden.
But his public ranting is making the case against his tenuous claim of privilege, and the U.S. attorney's office smells blood in the water.