Did Jack Smith Cut Mark Meadows A Deal? The Answer Could Doom Trump
If Special Counsel Jack Smith cut a deal with Mark Meadows for his testimony, the result could doom Donald Trump.
Former Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissmann said on MSNBC’s Deadline: White House when asked about a potential Jack Smith deal for Meadows:
Some sort of deal had to have been reached. Either it is one where he was given immunity or it is one where he had to plead guilty to something and he is hoping for what is called a sentencing letter to the judge for leniency for cooperating. But the key for immunity is that discussion prior to immunity being afforded, the way this works, is his defense lawyer would tell Jack Smith, these are the things you could expect to hear from Mark Meadows if you immunize him. You don't want to buy a pig in a poke. You want to know if you immunize someone, I want a sense of what that person will say. If you get immunity and then you lie, you still can be prosecuted for that lie.
So if you have a good defense counsel and you are given immunity, that defense counsel will be saying, Mark, this is your get out of jail free card. You did something wrong. You have to own up to it. If you start fudging, you are risking criminal liability.
And Nicole, you've outlined just some of the many ways that Mark Meadows, that he's going to say I didn't do anything wrong, but there is no culpability here. It will be fraught in terms of going down that road. That's the issue. Usually with white-collar cases, getting somebody to say what I used to call the "W" word, I did something wrong, is very hard because it is going to become public. It will be splashed all over the news. Your family, the entire nation is going to know that. But in this kind of case, you know, given the amount of ammunition that Jack Smith has to use to say, look, you need to do that because otherwise, we will be making a criminal case against you.
Mark Meadows’s lawyer has denied that his client has pleaded guilty, but something has to have been agreed to, or Meadows would not be talking.
Below we will talk about what Mark Meadows said, and what it could mean for Trump.
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