In life, we’ve all learned not to abandon our debts and that you get what you pay for. That’s probably why former President Donald Trump ended up with Rudy Giuliani to defend him over his baseless claims of widespread voter fraud that doesn’t exist. For that, Giuliani’s law license has been suspended in Washington, DC, and the state of New York. Several other attorneys have been sanctioned. It’s due to something the twice-impeached one-term president knows little about; consequences.
According to CNN, a number of high-powered lawyers who have represented Trump in the past are sitting out his latest legal battle. Meanwhile, the former president is trying to assert executive privilege to block congressional investigators from getting information on the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection — even though President Joe Biden will not give him safe harbor with executive privilege.
“That’s left Trump with a relatively small legal team without a lot of experience litigating issues of executive privilege as he readies for a court fight that could test major issues of presidential authority,” the report states.
Trump is known for not paying his bills.
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“Some go-to attorneys have been spooked by Trump’s reputation for sometimes not paying as a client, according to several people familiar with conservative legal circles,” the report continues. “Others watched closely as lawyers fled Trump’s prior teams, frustrated by him as a client or facing their own ethical predicaments. Others still want themselves and their firms to stay far away from Trump’s insistence that the election was stolen.”
“It’s not a 10-foot pole” for law firms distancing themselves from Trump, “it’s a 1,000-foot pole,” said John Yoo, a University of California at Berkeley law professor and former Justice official in the George W. Bush administration.
“More than a half-dozen prominent attorneys who took notable roles in defending Trump or his advisers in the past are not assisting him this round,” CNN reports. “Those include Jay Sekulow and Ty Cobb, according to sources familiar with Trump’s legal effort.”
Trump’s team repeatedly approached at least four well-known lawyers for help in recent weeks — and said no, a source familiar with the discussions told the outlet. That includes William Burck, who represented 11 Trump associates in and after the Mueller investigation. In recent months, Burck turned Trump down three times.
Trump, of course, denied the report in a statement.
“I don’t even know who they are, they are just looking to get publicity,” Trump said. “I am using lawyers who have been with us from the beginning.”
“I do pay my lawyers when they do a good job,” Trump added.
Obviously, we don’t just pay people if they do a good job. You vet people before hiring them, then you have to pay them for their services.
You can read the full report here.
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