Republished with permission from Lucian K. Truscott IV.
In the category of “you’re never going to believe this,” John Lauro, supposedly the reasonable, experienced one in Defendant Trump’s legal clown car, confirmed that the scene described on page 34 of the indictment of his client happened exactly the way it is depicted.
Here is what Lauro told Laura Ingraham during her show on Fox News tonight:
“What President Trump said is, ‘Let’s go with option B. Let’s just halt…let’s just pause the voting and let the state legislatures take one last look, and they can determine as to whether or not the elections were handled fairly.’”
Here is the scene described in the indictment under the section, “The Defendant’s Attempts to Enlist the Vice President to Fraudulently Alter the Election Results at the January 6 Certification Proceeding.”
92. On January 4, the Defendant held a meeting with Co-Conspirator 2, the Vice President, the Vice President’s Chief of Staff, and the Vice President’s Counsel for the purpose of convincing the Vice President, based on the Defendant’s knowingly false claims of election fraud, that the Vice President should reject or send to the states Biden’s legitimate electoral votes, rather than count them.
93. During the meeting, as reflected in the Vice President’s contemporaneous notes, the Defendant made knowingly false claims of election fraud, including, “Bottom line—won every state by 100,000s of votes” and “We won every state,” and asked—regarding a claim his senior Justice Department officials previously had told him was false, including as recently as the night before—“What about 205,000 votes more in PA than voters?” The Defendant and Co-Conspirator 2 then asked the Vice President to either unilaterally reject the legitimate electors from the seven targeted states, or send the question of which slate was legitimate to the targeted states’ legislatures. When the Vice President challenged Co-Conspirator 2 on whether the proposal to return the question to the states was defensible, Co-Conspirator 2 responded, “Well, nobody’s tested it before.” The Vice President then told the Defendant, “Did you hear that? Even your own counsel is not saying I have that authority.” The Defendant responded, “That’s okay, I prefer the other suggestion” of the Vice President rejecting the electors unilaterally.
That, dear readers, is a word-for-word admission that Lauro’s client did exactly what the indictment alleges he did in Count One: Defendant Trump “did knowingly combine, conspire, confederate, and agree with co-conspirators, known and unknown to the Grand Jury, to defraud the United States by using dishonesty, fraud, and deceit to impair, obstruct, and defeat the lawful federal government function by which the results of the presidential election are collected, counted, and certified by the federal government.”
And this is supposed to be the guy hired to add experience as a defense attorney in handling serious allegations of crimes committed by white collar defendants.
What channel do you think they had on as Defendant Trump chomped on his burger and swilled his Diet Coke? Do you think there might be some ketchup on the wall at Bedminster tonight?
This whole thing just gets better and better, doesn’t it?
Stay tuned. There is doubtlessly more legal lunacy to come.
Lucian K. Truscott IV
Lucian K. Truscott IV, a graduate of West Point, has had a 50-year career as a journalist, novelist and screenwriter. He has covered stories such as Watergate, the Stonewall riots and wars in Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also the author of five bestselling novels and several unsuccessful motion pictures. He has three children, lives in rural Pennsylvania and spends his time Worrying About the State of Our Nation and madly scribbling in a so-far fruitless attempt to Make Things Better.