Sheer Panic For Trump And His Lawyers: Criminal Searches Mount, Giuliani ‘Targeted’ For Charges
look but don't touch, touch but don't taste, he's a sadist, he's an absentee landlord, never worship that, I'm a humanist, perhaps the last humanist Celebrating his 25th anniversary at a time when the right seems to be an almost constant source of fixation and debate in our politics, our national culture advocates continue to emerge as key figures in the fight for
Trump's failed coup in the future of our democracy. Pacino plays a scheming lawyer who uses his knowledge of the rules to break them, which can mirror
Giuliani and Cool Plot or John Eastman, both of whom are being investigated for committing crimes.
Then there are the other
lawyers who came forward as the people trying to line up against this coup. Some of the most damning testimonies about
Trump's attempts to overthrow the election and support the insurgency came from
lawyers in the government of
lawyers of the White House the Vice President who has tried to act in these roles as shepherds of the law, which brings us to this classic archetype in the Devil's Advocate. You've got Keanu Reeves playing the trial attorney for any man who thinks it's possible to play by the rules without losing your own soul I don't like Alexander Cohen I don't think he's a nice person, but this isn't a popularity contest it's a murder trial, and in the film the lawyer's approach is put to the test when he joins a fancy Manhattan law firm run by al Pacino's John Milton, who turns out to be evil and not just like a bad lawyer, but really evil in the sense that he's the literal devil who killed these people you really think he tricked me tricked me melissa the whole thing me know you i gotta go with your gut i don't like it here kevin these women my god i mean i see things for goodness sake free will it's like butterfly wings when they a times get touched they never come off the ground own strings i don't lose i win i win i'm a lawyer that's my job that's what i do who in his right mind kevin could possibly deny that the 20 part because the devil is a fascinating villain, brazen rule-breaking is the salient point, and it shows a timeless appeal in our politics as well that recently obama campaign veteran and hit man shake home in dury is drawing a clear line with
trump by arguing, that pacinos devil and
trump both attract attention because their blatant over-the-top villainy is exciting and there's a joy in transgressive behavior. you're having a great time while doing something you shouldn't be doing we've accomplished more than anyone thought possible no one thought we'd come close I'm a surprise kevin you're not looking at me honestly said we won this election its my time now someone had to do it i am the chosen one a vanity is definitely my favorite sin it goes beyond achievement there is actually something quite modern about imagining the devil or the forces of evil that we as a society or democracy would often have to face in the form of the trial attorney or the technocratic senior attorney deceiving people without lying and shaping perception while staying within the technical confines.
As you've seen, in preparing for this segment, we spoke to Jayco Medora. He also sees a parallel here. He says Pacinos Milton and
Trump both like to show off their skills, they break things legally for the most part and he's right, although you may think
Trump hasn't crossed the line, he's currently under investigation for breaking things illegally, and his time may come, but in many, many cases from Mueller's mixed bag and disability to financial shenanigans Donald
Trump does two things that have helped him survive, one is that he usually tests everything and crosses the line bit by bit , which means staying on top of things as he knows where the line is, and that means he thinks ahead to complicate any possible case against him, he was backing away from illegal conspiracies like the military coup when we reported that he asked the Doj to interfere with the vote count, but then backed out too, testified and folded when it was clear he was in the Basically going to suffer too much setback, so he pushed his way past where they were supposed to, but still flinched when he saw a
criminal case on the horizon.
I said two things and here's the second and this brings us back to the devil's advocate
trump always flaunts other people uses other people to do the dirty work he avoids leaving fingerprints like he avoids email straight in in recent years we have seen two employees convicted and sentenced to prison for what they did he has two other
lawyers facing possible indictment over the failed coup again an activity for donald
trump now it is conspicuous and I gotta tell you, a bit embarrassing for the attorneys, but a lot of
Trump's attorneys usually get in trouble, not because they're bad trial attorneys in the sense of incompetence or mistakes, but because they get caught crossing lines for
Trump, as you do on Seeing your screen as coup plotter John Eastman being searched by agents The first time that's ever happened in se What happened in his career after he started working for
Trump, these are
lawyers, which brings us back to this devil's advocate.
The legal profession faces these moral questions basically every day. You draw a line between past behavior and future misconduct, how do you use ethics to distinguish between the zealous advocacy that people are legally entitled to commit and committing new crimes for one If you can keep clients that you are neither entitled to nor a lawyer admitted to, you can be accused of that, then you need your own lawyer. Komenduri also notes that this theme is important in the film and today. Democracy Collides, he says, building a strong defense for
criminals is part of a fair civilization, but the legal profession holds the seeds of civilization's potential downfall.
We see this in defending
Trump's behavior, both legally and politically, he never seems to run out of devils Proponents now in fiction These proponents include a real devil. This film is based on a book by Andrew Neiderman, who says he decided to make the devil a top lawyer because he thought that in the modern world, that's where the devil would be most comfortable maneuvering both sides, right now Niderman is a writer who follows politics closely and he sees parallels with
Trump and when he was researching this report for you tonight, he actually told us in the film that there's this character of a rich New Yorker who's basically involved in murder gets away by hiring the right
lawyers in the movie They filmed this character's house as the top four floors of 725 Fifth Avenue which is Donald
Trump's real gilded house you see here in
Trump Tower which may seem like another now Sounding kind of a surreal cultural overlap, but it's actually more than a film coincidence when you think about it, it also reflects the truth that the real
Trump pre-policy is notoris I was keen to have a cameo in just about any movie he could relate to, even with small bits making fun of him, or even touting a building he owned when he was couldn't get on camera what some call a sin and can cause people who have everything to take seemingly wild risks and make seemingly inexplicable mistakes, the devil's advocate ends his story with the devil attacking his pet sin .
I'm terribly sorry, but I can no longer represent my client. That's a story that needs to be told. You are a star. Call me tomorrow morning to fail, whatever you think what drives people to make these kinds of mistakes, it's also the thing we've seen that takes so many people beyond the path they were originally in in politics or in public service, to something much more terrible that we all have to live and that is why when we talk about law and rules and morals and ethics we are not only talking about borders as they are written and handed down, but about them whether we as a society can stick together with what we believe in be good and best for all over evil and the triumph of oppression by a very, very few of you