“It would be a shame if anything were to happen to them…”
Trump’s lawyer, who allegedly used to represent a parking garage (a much smarter client!), says the judge should unseal the DOJ search warrant affidavit over the DOJ’s objections. She says she understands the “witness protection issue” the DOJ outlined in its objection, but “these witnesses are truly not going to be concealed for long” anyway, so what the hell, tell us who they are.
Trump’s attorney, Alina Habba, says Trump wants the Department of Justice to release the names of the witnesses who helped secure the search warrant for Mar-a-Lago. pic.twitter.com/n3MJsD1tBI
— The Recount (@therecount) August 16, 2022
I’m not a lawyer, but that sounds like attempted witness intimidation to me. The DOJ asked the judge to keep the affidavit sealed because it would reveal a “roadmap” of their criminal investigation and could potentially affect the willingness of witnesses to come forward and cooperate.
Didn’t think mob-like behavior on the part of Trump or his crew could still surprise me, but between this and Trump’s alleged back-channel message to Garland about the country being “on fire,” it appears there are still new depths to plumb.