Donald Trump has been going on tirades against the American media, the U.S. intelligence community, and a host of other institutions for allegedly undermining his presidency.
Seth Abramson, an English professor at the University of New Hampshire who also worked for years as a public defender in the state of New Hampshire, has written a tweet storm noting that Trump’s lashing out at perceived conspiracies against him are some of the classic behaviors that a guilty person engages in when caught.
Seth Abramson was a criminal attorney for many years.
Abramson: “Ask any criminal attorney: the president is engaging in all the behaviors a guilty person would.”
Among other things, Trump is alleging that there is a conspiracy against him, is deflecting scrutiny of his actions by raising “issues irrelevant to the case,” is using anger and self-righteousness to avoid discussing the facts of the case, and is making himself difficult to access for further questioning.
“These are the 12 most common signs of a guilty person. “
#1 Allege a conspiracy against you.
#2 Raise issues irrelevant to the case to distract attention.
#3 Avoid speaking of the facts closest in time/space to the crime alleged.
#4 Cite the support of people unassociated with the allegations to boost credibility…
#5 Make oneself difficult to access for further questioning.
#6 Displacing blame onto others.
#7 Using anger/self-righteousness to distract from the allegations.
#8 Complain about law enforcement.
#9 Allege the crime was impossible/improbable.
#10 Misstate facts of the case while (paradoxically) claiming innocence and having nothing to hide.
#11 Manipulate surrogates (particularly witnesses) to make the case harder to investigate/prosecute and to sow confusion.
#12 Deny relationships (even provably extant ones) that would make commission of the crime more likely.