As Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff prepares to subpoena Donald Trump’s lawyers for obstructing the Russia investigation, Rachel Maddow pointed out that the president’s children could be at increased risk.
According to the MSNBC host, one of Ivanka Trump’s lawyers – Abbe Lowell –allegedly told former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to lie about Ivanka Trump’s involvement in the Trump Tower Moscow deal.
“If as Cohen alleges, Abbe Lowell was involved in telling Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, specifically about the involvement of Ivanka Trump in that scheme, I mean, that feels like the sort of thing that could trip 50 tripwires all at once,” Maddow said.
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I think it has long been assumed that the president might have a kind of tripwire when it comes to investigations, legal liability, getting too close to his adult children. I mean, in this case, according to reporting from Vanity Fair and The New York Times, one of the allegations at issue here for which there’s apparently some sort of documentary trail, is the allegation that lawyer Abbe Lowell specifically told Cohen that he should tell Congress Ivanka Trump had essentially no knowledge of Trump tower Moscow. According to Michael Cohen, that wasn’t true. According to Cohen, Ivanka Trump was regularly briefed on Trump Tower Moscow. Well, if as Cohen alleges, Abbe Lowell was involved in telling Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, specifically about the involvement of Ivanka Trump in that scheme, I mean, that feels like the sort of thing that could trip 50 tripwires all at once, right? That’s sensitive on a lot of different levels. But that is apparently now what the House Intelligence Committee is chasing down and we are being told to expect that that may be in the form of subpoenas soon.
Increased Dem focus on obstruction could send Trump over the edge
The Mueller investigation may be over, but Democrats have taken the baton from the special counsel and they appear to be sprinting with it.
In this instance, as they dig further into the obstruction issue, it could spell trouble for one of Trump’s children and send this president completely over the edge.
Not only would it further implicate the president and his lawyers in an obstruction scheme, but it would show that Trump’s daughter was far more involved in a potential deal with Russia than was previously known.
As Rachel Maddow pointed out on Tuesday, it could set off a series of tripwires – none of which are likely to end well for Donald Trump.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.