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interests, as this kind of involvement may involve personal outlay). And we
are not exactly sure we like your plug for the legal profession on March 25:
Tweet 1 Many lawyers and top law firms want to represent me in the
Russia case … don’t believe the Fake News narrative that it is hard to find
a lawyer who wants to take this on. Fame & fortune will NEVER be turned
down by a lawyer, though some are conflicted. Problem is that a new
Tweet 2 lawyer or law firm will take months to get up to speed (if for no
other reason than they can bill more), which is unfair to our great country—
and I am very happy with my existing team. Besides, there was NO
COLLUSION with Russia, except by Crooked Hillary and the Dems!
Perhaps we are being somewhat self-serving in proclaiming to hold ourselves
to a standard higher than seeking more work and the income it brings.
You may be eliminating the need for lawyers, so we wouldn’t ultimately
have a role even if we wanted one. On the accusation of Canada having a
trade surplus, you confessed of your own volition to not knowing the truth
of what you said, without the need for anyone to cross-examine you. We do
not understand why, but in a certain way, it is refreshing to see an individual
so unconcerned about their reputation to do this.
#4: Thank you for increasing our confidence in our own abilities.
Much as happens when watching someone have a bad day in chambers,
you give others confidence in their public speaking and ability, through
hard work, to command the facts. And even the occasions when we like to
blame a court reporter for misplacing periods we were sure were clear from
our spoken word, our transcribed sentences are likely clearer. A CNN commentator
has taken to critiquing Trump’s lack of sentence structure:
16 of 26 odd presidential statements in a recent announcement. “We’re
spending a lot of money on nuclear—our nuclear systems—to upgrade
and, in some cases, brand new, whether it’s submarines—nuclear submarines—
My 6th grade English teacher just passed out.4
#3: Thank you for showing us that Twitter’s character limit is enough
(indeed, the new 280 words may be too much) to express most things.
First, the less room you have to speak, the better.
Second, and returning to a point made earlier, we are concerned that the
elaboration to which some commentators are driven leads some astray—
sometimes they seem to mix things up, perhaps out of boredom, and what
has happened is not quite what has been reported. The transcript of President
Trump confessing to accusing Canada of a trade surplus despite having
“no idea” was not about him lying (though there are those instances, often
when taking credit for something someone else has done), but about brag-