morriswalters wrote:Well, they only need a chain of custody once after they have come to the official notice of prosecutors, right? But if push came to shove, then they would probably want the devices that recorded them and the unaltered hard drives that have them as files or the original tapes. Failing to supply those after have admitted to them(something that hasn't happened to this point) could leave to obstruction charges.
And there have been rumors since around the time he first implied the existence of tapes and especially since a special counsel was appointed that staffers have been leery of getting rid of anything in case they get called on to provide it. If they do exist, I'm certain somebody
has an unedited copy stashed away.
The Great Hippo wrote:...did he seriously offer to do that? Like, for realsies?
I mean, holy shit, that's some basic 101 high-school civics course knowledge right there. American teenagers know that the last thing you want to do when you're accused of a crime is go testify under oath that you didn't do it. Even if you're innocent, don't do it.
For fuck's sake, not testifying in your own defense is quite possibly the only piece of useful knowledge you'll ever get out of watching episodes of Law and Order (besides 'Don't watch episodes of Law and Order').
Yup. And for a preview, here's a fun account
of another time he was on the witness stand:
Emphasis mine wrote:Gay Kingman-Wapato, an Indian gaming proponent who attended the hearing, was watching Trump closely.
“I could see his face getting redder and redder,” she recalled.
When it was Trump’s turn to speak, he abandoned his script, telling lawmakers that he had decided that it was “very boring” and “Basically Decent.” His speech had included conciliatory language and professed uncertainty about the mob’s alleged infiltration.
Instead, Trump told lawmakers that organized crime “is rampant — I don’t mean a little bit — is rampant on Indian reservations.” He predicted “one of the biggest scandals since Al Capone.” Then came the line that many Native Americans would remember for decades: that the federally recognized Connecticut tribe that owned Foxwoods — the Mashantucket Pequots — did not look like real Indians.
I do so
hope they call his bluff here. It'd be one for the ages.
Edit: haha, that forum filter.