Donald Trump is out of the White House and will no longer be protected with the presidency. There’s a whole lot of bad news coming his way as his tax attorneys just quit while federal prosecutors reportedly already have some of the former president’s records. Adding to Trump’s problems, New York Attorney General Letitia James is nipping at his heels, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“The law firm that handled the tax affairs of Donald Trump and his company during his presidency said it would stop representing him and his business,” the Journal reports. “The firm, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, is currently wrangling with the New York attorney general’s office over documents related to its work for the former president’s business, the Trump Organization. Led by Democratic Attorney General Letitia James, the office is conducting a civil-fraud probe into Mr. Trump’s financial dealings.”
“Morgan Lewis joins other firms that have distanced themselves from Mr. Trump in recent days. After the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Seyfarth Shaw LLP said it had notified the Trump Organization it would no longer represent the company,” the outlet reports.
“The New York attorney general’s office in August asked a judge to order Morgan Lewis and Ms. Dillon to comply with subpoenas that were part of its civil-fraud probe. The attorney general’s office argued the firm had refused to hand over substantive communications between Ms. Dillon and key Trump Organization employees,’ the report continues. “Morgan Lewis said the documents in question were protected by attorney-client privilege.”
In August, the New York attorney general’s office asked a judge to order Morgan Lewis and Ms. Dillon to comply with subpoenas that were part of its civil-fraud probe, according to the outlet. “The attorney general’s office argued the firm had refused to hand over substantive communications between Ms. Dillon and key Trump Organization employees. Morgan Lewis said the documents in question were protected by attorney-client privilege. During the deposition, Ms. Dillon said she had no idea how many times she met with Mr. Trump’s son Eric Trump about Seven Springs, a Trump estate in New York’s Westchester County that is part of the attorney general’s probe, the letter said.”
Bloomberg News reports that investigators probing Trump’s finances “have gotten hold of some of his tax records, allowing them to move ahead even without a Supreme Court order that would give them eight years of his returns.”
“Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who subpoenaed Trump’s accounting firm Mazars USA in 2019, is leading one of the most closely watched cases that could result in criminal charges,” the outlet reports. “While Vance agreed to await a high-court decision on forcing the handover of tax records from 2011 to 2018, his office now has some of the information from other sources, according to people familiar with the matter.”
Ohhhhh. That’s got to suck.