“I do imagine that President Trump knows that the entire thing that he’s doing is a ruse,” Scaramucci, a longtime Trump ally who very briefly served within the administration before the lads parted ways, told the Times.
Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, Scaraamucci said, Trump “would turn to me and others and say funny things like, ‘Why can’t people realize what you guys realize about me — that I’m playacting and filled with it at the least 50% of the time?’ He knows that that is all a lie.”
Observations akin to Scaramucci’s and Farah Griffin’s have gotten increasingly essential as Trump faces potential criminal charges for the role he played within the violent rebellion on Jan. 6, 2021.
Criminal intent is vital in any charges which may be filed against Trump over his efforts to overthrow the 2020 election’s legitimate results.
Nevertheless, a defense attorney could attempt to argue that Trump “genuinely believed he won the election … and was attempting to stop fraud,” Barbara McQuade, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, told the Recent Yorker last month. “Proving mindset is de facto hard.”
But witnesses are coming forward saying Trump either knew he had lost the election or was just so blindly wedded to power that he would dodge any proper channels and do anything to remain within the White House — even to the extent of putting people’s lives in danger.
Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testified before the House panel last week that Trump had insisted on dropping security screenings on the Jan. 6 rally for his supporters, who were known to be carrying weapons. As Congress met to certify the 2020 election results, Trump urged them to march to the Capitol and “fight like hell.”
“They’re not here to harm me,” Trump said, in accordance with Hutchinson. The mob did, nevertheless, chant that former Vice President Mike Pence needs to be “hanged,” call for lawmakers to be “dragged” through the streets, and viciously attack law enforcement officials.
Solomon Wisenberg — a former deputy independent counsel under Ken Starr, who investigated the Whitewater controversy involving Bill and Hillary Clinton — called Hutchinson’s account a “smoking gun” that makes a case for Trump’s “criminal culpability on seditious conspiracy charges.”
Nearly every official and aide within the White House told Trump that he had lost the election, in accordance with testimony before the Jan. 6 panel. His repeated claims of widespread election fraud were all clearly debunked after thorough investigations.
Meaning an idea of “willful blindness” may be used against Trump in a criminal trial, in accordance with McQuade. “An individual cannot ignore the probability that a fact is true” — akin to the proven fact that the election was legitimate — “simply because he wishes it weren’t true,” she explained.