Some might say this is par for the course for Donald Trump associates.
The chaser: Donald Trump’s lawyer for the Russia scandal might be in legal jeopardy after threatening messages he sent to an unidentified man were send to the FBI.
The shot: President Trump’s personal lawyer for the Russia scandal threatened a stranger in an email Wednesday evening, writing, “Watch your back, b*tch” and “I already know where you live,” according to Justin Elliot of ProPublica.
After reading an article about how President Trump’s personal attorney for the Russia collusion scandal, Marc Kasowitz, might have trouble getting security clearance due to issues with alcohol and bad behavior, an unidentified man wrote to him to suggest he resign.
Kasowitz responded in a string of emails laced with threats and profanity between the hours of 9:30 PM and 10 PM Eastern time.
One read, per ProPublica: “I’m on you now. You are fucking with me now Let’s see who you are Watch your back , bitch.”
Another: “Call me. Don’t be afraid, you piece of shit. Stand up. If you don’t call, you’re just afraid.”
Another: “I already know where you live, I’m on you. You might as well call me. You will see me. I promise. Bro.”
ProPublic traced the IP address to Kasowitz’s firm and in one email, they say a cell phone number that is not widely known was provided to man who wishes to remain unidentified.
The Russia scandal involves classified material that requires a security clearance.
The unidentified man watched the ProPublica report on The Rachel Maddow show Wednesday evening. He sent the exchanges to the FBI in case there was any follow up on Kasowitz’s part.
Experts spoken to by ProPublica differed on whether his threats crossed the line from free speech, but the claim that Kasowitz knew where the unidentified man lived and promised he would see him could be problematic.
Nothing says “not colluding with anyone” like some good, old-fashioned mob threats to a stranger. This kind of press is exactly what Donald Trump does not need. This is the time to point out that the unidentified man is a retired public relations expert and seemed genuinely concerned that Kasowitz would reflect poorly on the Trump presidency.
This is more of the Trump associate type casting: The abusive alcoholic who threatens any and everyone, behaves so poorly in public that he might not be able to get a security clearance, and in general is as inept and incompetent as he is abrasive and inappropriate.
This is the kind of behavior that is acceptable for lawyers working for Putin. It is not acceptable representing the president of a free country.