aside The President’s Lawyer Marc Kasowitz Is Out Of His mind

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“We the people” are well aware of the company that the republican President Donald Trump keeps are not known to be peoples with ethics, decency, a sense of decorum and with a moral compass. But the story about his personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz takes the cake.

Here is the rest of the story… 

On July 13, 2017, Justin Elliott of Propublica penned the following report, Trump Lawyer Marc Kasowitz Threatens Stranger in Emails: ‘Watch Your Back , Bitch’ (After hearing Rachel Maddow discuss our recent story about Kasowitz, a man emailed the attorney urging him to resign. Kasowitz responded with threats and profanity.)

Marc Kasowitz, President Trump’s personal attorney on the Russia case, threatened a stranger in a string of profanity-laden emails Wednesday night.

The man, a retired public relations professional in the western United States who asked not to be identified, read ProPublica’s story this week on Kasowitz and sent the lawyer an email with the subject line: “Resign Now.’’

Image result for photos of Marc KasowitzKasowitz replied with series of angry messages sent between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Eastern time. One read: “I’m on you now.  You are fucking with me now Let’s see who you are Watch your back , bitch.”

In another email, Kasowitz wrote: “Call me.  Don’t be afraid, you piece of shit.  Stand up.  If you don’t call, you’re just afraid.” And later: “I already know where you live, I’m on you.  You might as well call me. You will see me. I promise.  Bro.”

ProPublica confirmed the man’s phone number matched his stated identity. Technical details in the emails, such as IP addresses and names of intermediate mail servers, also show the emails came from Kasowitz’s firm. In one email, Kasowitz gave the man a cell phone number that is not widely available. We confirmed Kasowitz uses that number.

Image result for photos of rachel maddow“The exchange began after the man saw our story featured last night on the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC. We reported that Kasowitz is not seeking a security clearance even though the Russia case involves a significant amount of classified material.”

“Experts said Kasowitz could have trouble getting a security clearance because of what multiple sources described as a recent history of alcohol abuse. Former employees also said Kasowitz had engaged in behavior that made them uncomfortable.”

“Since the story was published, his spokesman issued a statement disputing several parts of the story: “Marc Kasowitz has not struggled with alcoholism,” Sitrick wrote. “He has not come into the office intoxicated, attorneys have not had to go across the street to the restaurant during the workday to consult Kasowitz on work matters.”

“The rigorous background investigation that goes into getting security clearance also considers “any information relevant to strength of character, honesty, discretion, sound judgment, [and] reliability.”

“The exchange of emails Wednesday began at 9:28 p.m. Eastern when the man sent the following message to Kasowitz’s firm account.”

Five minutes later, Kasowitz responded with two words:

Fifteen minutes after that, Kasowitz sent a second email:

The man responded politely:

But Kasowitz continued to harangue him:

And then, just 33 minutes after the man’s initial email, Kasowitz sent a fourth response, referring to his own Jewish heritage and the man’s name, which he presumed to be Jewish.

“The man told us that the email exchange disturbed him so greatly he forwarded it to the FBI so there would be a written record in case Kasowitz followed through on the threat.”

“Experts in the laws on harassment and online threats differed on whether Kasowitz’s emails could put him in legal jeopardy.”

“When considering whether words constitute a true threat versus protected speech, “the threat has to be credible and the person has to intend to make the victim fear imminent physical harm,’’ said Danielle Citron, a University of Maryland law professor and author of a book on online harassment.”

Related image“Citron pointed in particular to Kasowitz’s statements: “I already know where you live” and “you will see me. I promise.” She said: “That’s incredibly troubling language. If I’m a prosecutor I’m going to think hard about that.”

“Ron Kuby, a New York lawyer who argued a case that overturned a portion of the state’s harassment law on free speech grounds, said he believed Kasowitz had not violated the law with his missives.”

“When Kasowitz says things like ‘I already know where you live’ he is inching closer to the line. But in my view — as someone who despises the Trump administration, but who has litigated these issues — he is well on the legal side of the line.”

“For over 15 years, Trump has periodically retained Kasowitz, who has cultivated a tough-guy image.”

“The New York Times reported this week that the relationship between Kasowitz and the Trump White House had soured and that Kasowitz could resign. Kasowitz’s spokesman told ProPublica Wednesday: “The NYT story is not accurate.” Kasowitz’s firm was also sued for malpractice this week by a former client in a billing dispute.”

Image result for photos of Marc Kasowitz“Update, July 13, 2017: A spokesman for Marc Kasowitz sent ProPublica this statement:”

“Mr. Kasowitz, who is tied up with client matters, said he intends to apologize to the writer of the email referenced in today’s ProPublica story. While no excuse, the email came at the end of a very long day that at 10 p.m. was not yet over.  ‘The person sending that email is entitled to his opinion and I should not have responded in that inappropriate manner,’ Mr. Kasowitz said.  ‘I intend to send him an email stating just that.  This is one of those times where one wishes he could reverse the clock, but of course I can’t.’”

Jeremy Merrill and Jesse Eisinger contributed reporting.

9 comments

  1. Dear Mz. Gronda,

    Kasowitz fits into the tRump mantra quite well! I did notice that yesterday that the tRump has hired yet another lawyer to add to his fleet of mouth pieces. This news would fit well into the normal business mode of tRump and speculation is that we will soon see Kasowitz quietly resign because of the malpractice problems that he will need to attend to. Over on the other side it is being said that because of the latest exposure of truth about the regime that the window of opportunity for tRump to fire the special prosecutor had passed and he is now in panic mode, knowing that he is now unable to control the message and the MSM (fake news?) outlets are winning. The only salvation that is seen for his administration is a war, but it is very questionable as to the possibility of his even being able to manage that in a way that it is beneficial to him and does not result in total destruction, not only for him but for the nation as well… This lead me to ask, do the elected members of congress have the courage to stand up to this man and his pack of wolves mentality voter block?

    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      So far the US House representatives are still cowering to the pressure of DDT’s voters, the leadership, and the super-pacs funded by conservative billionaires.

      To be brave, the representative has to face the reality that he/she will most likely not run for elected office again.

      Hugs, Gronda

  2. Dear Suzanne,

    It doesn’t pay to deceive but the republicans probably haven’t caught on yet. If someone is an open book, there is nothing to blackmail.

    Hugs, Gronda

  3. I started a piece on Kasowitz a few days ago, but got sidetracked. The man either a) is mentally unhinged, or b) was very drunk when he sent those emails. I don’t care what time it was or how bad the day, normal, sane people do NOT respond in that manner, especially to a total stranger whose initial email was calm and reasoned. Kasowitz may not have broken the law, but he certainly crossed a boundary that is unacceptable for a public figure. He and Trump apparently fell from the same tree. Would somebody please dig up that bloomin’ tree and destroy it before it produces any more fruit(cakes)?
    Hugs!!!

    • Dear Jill,

      There are a lot of fruits associated with DDT and friends. I have been watching Melania handling herself with grace in all his trips. She is smarter than the kids and DDT. i wonder if he knows this. When he is no longer president, I wonder if she leaves to make sure her son is raised in a better way.

      Who would want to be part of this crazy family and friends. Oh, I forgot the republican legislative lemmings and sycophants.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • Yes, there are indeed many fruits rotting up in Washington today. Melania … I strongly suspect she married DDT for one reason only, and it wasn’t his charming personality! So, in one sense, she deserves what she gets. That said, she does conduct herself with dignity and grace, staying out of the spotlight as much as possible. I wonder sometimes if she regrets ever having met DDT … and yes, I have long thought that she will eventually tire of his treatment of her and just take her son and leave. I would love it if she did so now, while he is president … what would that do to his fragile ego!!! 😀 😀 😀
        Hugs!!!

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