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Donald Trump Is Running Out Of Lawyers

Donald Trump Is Running Out Of Lawyers

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There are more than 1.3 million lawyers in the United States. Donald Trump has certainly not employed (or failed to pay) every one of them. However, reports suggest he’s running out of attorneys who will take his case and who would normally be associated with such a high-profile client.

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Trump has had some of the most high-profile attorneys in the business. POGO lists some of them: Rudy Giuliani, the former Mayor of New York City, was his personal attorney for a time. He was represented in his first impeachment trial by Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor who was already high-profile before he ever represented Trump, Pam Bondi, a former Florida Attorney General, and Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the nonprofit American Center for Law and Justice.

So, according to Axios, when the man who has been represented by some of the best-known names in law turns to a much smaller firm, some of the folks closest to him worry about what that means.

Alina Habba’s law firm is so far from big names like Giuliani and Dershowitz that she has a not-yet-two-year-old Instagram account where she posts screenshots of herself appearing on Newsmax.

Of course, her social media presence and relatively short tenure in the law business don’t define Habba’s skills — but they do make her a less-expected choice for someone who owns a long list of businesses and was once the President of the United States.

The Axios report linked above says that at least one source close to the former president has described him as having “fallen prey to inexperienced lawyers who are just telling him what he wants to hear,” and another expressed concerns about “a state court tort lawyer…not understanding the nuances and issues that surround a former president.”

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It won’t likely come as a surprise, however, to those who’ve represented Trump in the past. His former fixer, Michael Cohen, has warned that anyone representing Donald Trump should make sure they get paid in advance, saying that his former boss stiffed him on legal fees. Of course, Rudy Giuliani, the former New York Mayor who took over Cohen’s position as Trump’s most visible representation, has had his law license suspended in New York and D.C. over his promotion of Trump’s false election claims. Cohen himself spent time in prison for his own efforts to shield Trump.

Being a Trump attorney, it seems, is a significant liability, and reports suggest that cases being built against him — by Manhattan A.G. Letitia James, by the January 6th Committee, and in a Georgia election interference case — are really gaining steam.

With that in mind, and with Trump’s reputation for rejecting any advice and information that he doesn’t like, it’s no real wonder that people close to him fear he’d end up with any representation who will say the right words to appease him, rather than an attorney with more experience in cases as high-profile and far-reaching as his.

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