The walls are once again closing in on former President Donald J. Trump if a new CNN report is to be believed, and MSNBC legal analyst Andrew Weissmann gleefully predicted that they may really have him this time.
The cable news network reported that federal prosecutors are in possession of a recording of the 2024 GOP frontrunner boasting about a classified Pentagon document about an attack on Iran and that it is proof that he “understood he retained classified material after leaving the White House.”
While there are some obvious red flags with the CNN bombshell, including that it is based on the usual anonymous sources and an admission that “CNN has not listened to the recording, but multiple sources described it,” MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace ran with it anyway.
After reading a portion of the report on Wednesday’s edition of “Deadline: White House,” the host said, “This feels like a lights-out indictment of any sort of baloney that he has been saying about, ‘I thought them declassified.’ He didn’t even classify them in his imagination,” before turning the floor over to the former federal prosecutor for his expert analysis.
Weissmann, who has been nicknamed “Mueller’s pitbull” for his lead role in the former special counsel’s probe of the debunked Russigate hoax, painted a bleak picture of Trump’s hopes of retaking the White House with a federal indictment and conviction being almost a slam dunk.
“If this reporting is true, and I’m not trying not to use hyperbole, this is game over,” he said. “There is no way that he will not be charged.”
“One, it’s a tape recording. Even though the reporting is there are also witnesses so there could be a tape recording with witnesses, it involves not just possession of classified information, but dissemination of classified information,” he added. “That puts it into a completely different ballpark when you are at the Department of Justice examining the seriousness of the violation and whether to bring charges.”
He explained that the recording would be a game changer that would “differentiate” Trump from the classified materials that were found to be in possession of President Joe Biden and former VP Mike Pence in that the ex-POTUS disseminated the information, a completely separate crime.
“The information is not just classified information, it’s one of the most sensitive types of classified information which is war plans involving potential attack on Iran,” Weissmann continued. “So from every single aspect of this, if this reporting is accurate and there is this tape recording, there will be an indictment, and it is hard to see how given all the evidence that we’ve been talking about that there will not be a conviction here.”
Wallace then asked whether the recording could be used to bring an espionage charge against Trump and whether it was a violation of the Espionage Act, a World War I-era law that was dusted off by the Obama regime to go after leakers and reporters.
“Yes,” he answered. “It is a crime to possess national defense information without authority. It is a crime to disseminate that, that is to share it. And here there apparently, according to the reporting, it is disseminated, it is shared with people who do not have clearance to get this information.”
“This is their worst nightmare as to what they were thinking would happen with this information which is that Donald Trump was at the very least lax in how he was handling it and it’s going to have huge repercussions within the intelligence community in terms of making sure that this is not the only thing that was disseminated.”
“The July 2021 meeting was held at Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, with two people working on the autobiography of Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows as well as aides employed by the former president, including communications specialist Margo Martin. The attendees, sources said, did not have security clearances that would allow them access to classified information. Meadows didn’t attend the meeting, sources said,” according to CNN.
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