Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Donald Trump's Russia Lawyer Cracks Up And Threatens A Stranger

Donald Trump's Russia Lawyer Cracks Up And Threatens A Stranger

Marc Kasowitz, head of President Donald Trump's legal team for all Russia-related matters, apologized Thursday to a stranger he berated in a string of emails Wednesday night, saying that the exchange happened "at the end of a very long day".

The stranger reportedly sent Kasowitz the email after watching a segment on The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC that referenced previous Pro Publica reporting on the lawyer not seeking security clearance.

President Trump's personal attorney went on a profanity-laden rant in a series of emails, telling a man who suggested he resign to "watch your back".

Some highlights from the second email include: "How dare you send me an email like that", "I'm on you now", and "Watch your back, bitch".

"F*ck you", Kasowitz responded, according to Pro Publica.

The man told the publication that he forwarded the exchange to the F.B.I.so there was written record in case Kasowitz followed through on the threat. Former employees that worked for Kasowitz told the news outlet that he has a history of alcohol abuse and "had engaged in behavior that made them uncomfortable".

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Over the course of the next 30 minutes, however, the lawyer continued to harangue the man, urging him to "Call me". "I believe it is in your best interest and the long-term interest of your firm for you to resign from your position advising the President re. pending federal legal matters", the inciting e-mail read.

"Don't be afraid, you piece of shit", says a third. "You might as well call me". And in another: "I already know where you live".

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. "If I'm a prosecutor I'm going to think hard about that".

Kasowitz has been retained periodically by Trump for over 15 years.

This is the time to point out that the unidentified man is a retired public relations expert and seemed genuinely concerned that Kasowitz would reflect poorly on the Trump presidency.

His spokesman said several parts of the story were not true. (Kasowitz's spokesman disputed aspects of that report).

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