Former President Donald Trump has a problem with a lawyer. And that’s a risky place to be for a guy facing multiple criminal investigations.
Recent judicial maneuvering by Trump’s lawyers in the spiraling Mar-a-Lago investigation has been so erratic that they have caused public ridicule of the legal community in general.
the trump team has filed motions inexplicably late, made incoherent argumentsdone Clumsy technical errorsand prompted a judge to request, in writing, what were they talking about. Two Trump lawyers are now they are widely believed to have inadvertently become witnesses on the research if not targetsgiving the Justice Department a written assurance that they were unable to find any more documents marked classified at Trump’s country club shortly before an FBI search turned up dozens.
“His legal briefs aren’t even well written,” said Nick Ackerman, a former member of the prosecution team in the 1970s Watergate scandal. “They’re contradictory. They are a joke. There was an article that I had to read five or six times just to find out what they said. It was really that bad.”
However, perhaps there should be little mystery as to why Trump has had trouble adding heavy hitters to his legal lineup: Their attorneys have a long history of spotting legal problems of their own.
Trump’s past attorneys have racked up such an impressive streak of their own criminal investigations and charges, and even multi-billion dollar lawsuits, that legal circles have begun to joke that Trump’s MAGA motto really stands for “Make the lawyers get lawyers.”
The problem facing lawyers defending Trump’s interests in the Mar-a-Lago scandal is just the latest chapter in a saga that stretches back years.
This epic series of legal troubles is worth remembering at a time when Trump is perhaps more in need of sound professional legal advice than at any other point in his tumultuous career. A federal grand jury is investigating Trump’s handling of sensitive government documents, and an aggressive prosecutor in Atlanta, GA is zeroing in on Trump and his allies’ attempts to turn their 2020 election loss in the Peach State into a victory.
With Trump’s future on the line, here’s a non-exhaustive list of the mind-boggling issues his lawyers have already weighed in on.
Evan Corcoran and Christina Bobb
In August, the Justice Department detailed in a court filing how two Trump attorneys, Evan Corcoran and Christina Bobb, may have misinformed government attorneys about whether, and where, confidential government documents were being withheld at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club.
While it’s not certain they will be charged, the couple will likely have to answer questions about what happened, the attorneys said.
Corcoran has continued to add his name to legal briefs but has not commented during the hearings.
However, a recent unconfirmed report suggests that they will soon have to make some tough decisions.
The Justice Department could soon put them both in front of a grand jury to investigate their activities and interactions with Trump, David Rohde, executive editor of the New Yorker, claimed on MSNBC on Sunday morningciting anonymous sources.
“I think they’re going to take them before the grand jury, Corcoran and Bobb, and have them answer questions under oath,” Rohde said. “They will implicate Donald Trump, saying ‘Donald Trump told me all the classified documents have been released,’ when they didn’t. And if they lie, they will have been involved in a crime.
Rohde said: “These prosecutors are very good at this. The FBI is very good at it. And they’re going to try to change the witnesses. The key thing he’s talking about is the danger his lawyers face in the Mar-a-Lago case.”
Michael Cohen was OG Trump’s ultra-loyal lawyer who ended up in criminal trouble for his efforts.
Cohen served for years as Trump’s private attorney before pleading guilty to criminal charges in 2018 and receive a three-year sentence for tax evasion and other crimes. After his ordeal, Cohen said he thinks Bobb and Corcoran should get away from Trump as fast as they can.
“The smart thing for Corcoran and Bobb to do right now would be to distance themselves from Trump,” Cohen told VICE News. “The longer they remain associated with the former president, the more they will entrench themselves in their lies and illegalities.”
Cohen has long insisted that any Trump minions expecting protection or loyalty don’t appreciate how quickly Trump could turn on them. Trump will throw them under the bus if he thinks it will save him, Cohen predicted.
“Donald will do what he always does: blame them,” Cohen said.
Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, reinvented himself as Trump’s personal lawyer with wild TV appearances. That included hosting one of the strangest and most infamous press conferences in US history at Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Philadelphia, where Giuliani rallied reporters in a parking lot to insist that Trump won the 2020 election ( it did not).
but Giuliani is in trouble in Georgia, where he has been formally told is a criminal target investigation into the Manhattan District Attorney’s spiral into the Trump team’s efforts to reverse Trump’s 2020 defeat.
That means Giuliani you will most likely be chargedLawyers following the case have said.
In August, Giuliani’s ex-wife, Judith, asked a judge to consider jailing for contempt of court if he didn’t pay $262,000 on time, she said she owed him under the terms of their divorce settlement.
Giuliani has also been investigated by federal prosecutors in Manhattan for months for possible foreign lobbying violations. But New York Times reported in August that it is unlikely that he will finally be charged then.
John Eastman, the conservative lawyer who helped develop a strategy for Trump to cling to power after losing the 2020 election, may also be in trouble in Georgia.
Eastman appeared remotely with Giuliani at a hearing held by a Georgia State Senate panel in December 2020, where he insisted that President Joe Biden’s victory in the state should not be certified due to what he claimed were improprieties.
Unlike Giuliani, Eastman has not been officially told he is a target of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ criminal investigation into the Trump team’s attempts to change the outcome, the attorney for Giuliani said. Eastman, Harvey Silverglate, middle. Times.
Silverglate told the newspaper that he believed Eastman had not broken any laws in Georgia.
“I don’t think my client will be convicted of anything,” Silverglate said. “If directed, a motion to dismiss will end the case.”
Eastman appeared before a special grand jury that investigated possible election interference, and his attorneys advised him to assert attorney-client privilege and the constitutional right to remain silent where appropriate.”
Sidney Powell, the pro-Trump lawyer known for her failed “kraken” lawsuits, is being sued for billions by voting technology firms Smartmatic and Dominion.
He rose to fame on Magaworld after the 2020 election with unsubstantiated and inflammatory public statements attacking the integrity of the results and filed a series of lawsuits in four states that promised to “unleash the Kraken” and validate his claims.
Everybody here Kraken’s lawsuits were defeated.
Now, polling companies are accusing Powell, along with Giuliani and conservative news networks Fox News, OAN and Newsmax, of making false claims about his role in the 2020 election.
Dominion filed a 124-page, $1.3 billion lawsuit against Powell in January 2021 that stated: “Powell falsely claimed that Dominion rigged the election, that Dominion was created in Venezuela to rig the election of Hugo Chavez, and that Dominion bribed Georgia officials for no contract bid.”
Powell is also fighting to keep his law license. in Texas with the disciplinary arm of the state bar association, which called his election lawsuits “frivolous.” Powell has called that ethics case “baseless.”
Former White House counsel Pat Cippolone has not been charged with any crime. But he has had to testify, a lot.
Cippolone has found herself at the center of congressional investigations into the Jan. 6 insurrection, where she gave damning testimony about other members of Trump’s inner circle.
Cippolone recalled a contentious late-night meeting in which Trump allies, including Powell and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, discussed seizing voting machines.
“That is a terrible idea for the country. This is not how we do things in the United States. There is no legal authority to do that,” Cippolone said.
Chippolone also received a citation to testify before a federal grand jury in Washington DC investigating the events surrounding January 6 in early August. He followed it up with a four-hour appearance on September 2.
Ty Cobb, who defended Trump during the Mueller investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia, is not in trouble. But he has come out criticizing Trump.
It is an extremely rare turn for an attorney to take against a former client.
Cobb said Trump’s lies about fraud in the 2020 election should be “disqualifying” for the former president to run again.
“The Big Lie and the related violence, election interference and other perceived misconduct were and are an affront to this nation and its first principles,” Cobb told NBC. “She has permanently littered the pages of history and deepened the abyss that divides our country and continues to widen by the delusions and lack of accountability of politicians from both parties.”
Cobb continued: “It should be a disqualification for Trump and his political minions, and it would have been at any other time in our history.”
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