Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough on Monday marveled at "how stupid" President Trump's lawyers are. Scarborough's observations about Trump attorneys John Dowd and Ty Cobb's intelligence level emerged after the lawyers inadvertently gave The New York Times a scoop about the ongoing Russia investigation by talking loudly about the matter at a Washington, D.C., steakhouse while Times reporter Kenneth Vogel sat at the next table.
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) September 18, 2017
From that one conversation, Vogel gathered that Trump's lawyers are at odds over how much information to hand over to Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Cobb was overheard talking about a White House lawyer he thought was a "spy" for White House Counsel Don McGahn, and he claimed that McGahn had "a couple documents locked in a safe." At one point, Cobb also named a colleague he blamed for "some of those earlier leaks" and who he said "tried to push Jared [Kushner] out." Vogel's full report was published Sunday.
"I cannot believe how bumbling and how stupid these guys are. They are the most indiscreet attorneys — I mean it — I've ever heard in my life," Scarborough said, referring to them as "these clowns" and "these jackasses." He deemed the utter "lack of discipline" displayed by the lawyers representing the president "astounding," recalling how he'd learned as a lawyer at the young age of 23 that talking about clients outside the office is "something you just don't do."
Watch Scarborough reel over the Trump lawyers' ill-timed "yelling" below. Becca Stanek