"Joy and pleasure are as real as pain and sorrow and one must learn what they have to teach. . . ." -- Sean Russell, from Gatherer of Clouds

"If you're not having fun, you're not doing it right." -- Helyn D. Goldenberg

"I love you and I'm not afraid." -- Evanescence, "My Last Breath"

“If I hear ‘not allowed’ much oftener,” said Sam, “I’m going to get angry.” -- J.R.R. Tolkien, from Lord of the Rings

Saturday, May 13, 2017

He Hires Good People, the Very Best People. . . .

This is even better than the doctor who wrote a letter saying all his results were positive:

Trump hired the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius to send a letter to Lindsey Graham about his finances which stated that that "Trump's last 10 years of tax returns do not reveal "any income of any type from Russian sources" with some exceptions.

The phrase "some exceptions" has caused quite a stir. The lawyers have offered no documents, including Trump's tax returns as proof of their findings.

Experts on white-collar financial crime like Jack Blum, have already said, "There’s no substance to it. The letter is just another puff of smoke. It has no meaning at all. It’s just another way to not answer the question."

But there's another part to this equation that is just as troubling. As the Washington Post reports, "Her law firm was honored by Chambers & Partners’ 2016 Chambers Europe guide as Russia Law Firm of the Year.

Trump seems to have this touching confidence in the import of a certified letter, as opposed to regular first class. The only difference is that you can track certified mail, an you can get a receipt confirming delivery.

Of course, the "some exceptions" exception is a hoot and has gotten quite a reaction on Twitter. The most pointed, I think, comes from Igor Volsky in a sort of double whammy:

And hiring a law firm that won an award from Russia when the subject of the inquiry is Trump's Russian connections? Does anyone in this regime do anything but react?

1 comment:

Pieter said...

And does anyone in this administration think before they react?