President Donald Trump’s biographer Tim O’Brien said Sunday that Trump’s presidential campaign was constructed like a “criminal conspiracy” that committed “criminal acts.”
MSNBC’s Joy Reid asked O’Brien to comment on the president’s growing legal troubles and investigations enveloping the president, including the special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe and hush money payments made to two women who alleged affairs with Trump.
“What we’ve learnt from this raft of legal documents that have landed in our lap over the last couple of weeks is that there’s the very real possibility that the Trump campaign was a criminal conspiracy from its beginnings and that bled into the Trump transition, where various criminal acts might have been committed,” O’Brien said. “Now you have the Trump White House dealing with the consequences of all these.”
The biographer then pushed back on lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s distraction-based defense strategy.
“When you have Rudy Giuliani as the carnival barker, distracting people, focusing only on campaign finance issues, focusing inaccurately on campaign finance issues. It distracts from the larger halo of illegality hanging over this entire Trump team,” O’Brien continued.
“Trump and his advisers have put out three defenses in the wake of Cohen’s sentencing memo. That Michael Cohen cannot be trusted—he is a dishonest narrator—that he was giving the president advice and it wasn’t the other way around, and none of it had anything to do with the election.”
“You can pick apart on the fact pattern in all three of those things. Specifically, it had nothing to do with the election and that it was Cohen taking advice from Trump, rather than Trump being the architect of most of these issues,” the biographer added.