Donald Trump

Four Law Firms Refused to Represent Trump

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

According to an exclusive report from Yahoo's chief investigative reporter, lawyers from major law firms turned down requests to represent Trump in the Russian collusion investigation, in part, because he can't keep his goddamn mouth shut.

They also reportedly expressed concerned that Trump would never pay them.

Among them, sources said, were some of the most high-profile names in the legal profession, including Brendan Sullivan of Williams & Connolly; Ted Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Paul Clement and Mark Filip of Kirkland & Ellis; and Robert Giuffra of Sullivan & Cromwell. [...]

“The concerns were, ‘The guy won’t pay and he won’t listen,’” said one lawyer close to the White House who is familiar with some of the discussions between the firms and the administration, as well as deliberations within the firms themselves. [...]

Another lawyer briefed on some of the discussions agreed that the firms were worried about the reputational risk of representing the president. One issue that arose, this lawyer said, was “Do I want to be associated with this president and his policies?” In addition, the lawyer said, there were concerns that if they took on the case, “Who’s in charge?” and “Would he listen?”

I'm not familiar with the others who reportedly turned down Trump's requests, but I am familiar with former solicitor general Paul Clement and I'm surprised he refused to represent Trump because he'll represent almost anything. Clement defended Arizona's "papers please" law at the Supreme Court. He argue against gay marriage at the Supreme Court. He tried to take down Obamacare at the Supreme Court. He fought Seattle's $15 minimum wage. Clement also represented North Carolina Republicans in their fight to uphold their gerrymandered districts.

Clement doesn't seem to have any moral boundaries, but I guess he probably does like to get paid and there's no guarantee Trump would pay him.

Clement lost every single one of the above mentioned cases so I suppose we should be disappointed that he's not representing Trump.

In related news, Trump might be tweeting on Thursday when former FBI director James Comey testifies.

  • Draxiar

    Sweet sweet karma…

  • muselet

    Since Michael Cohen is possibly implicated in Donald Trump’s Russian shenanigans, Trump is currently being represented by Marc Kasowitz, who has handled some of the messier aspects of Trump’s life, but who has little if any experience in dealing with criminal investigations.

    Best of luck to the both of them. I have a feeling they may need it.


  • Aynwrong

    SENATOR: Mr Comey, did the president ask you to back away from the FBI’s investigation into Michael Flynn?

    COMEY: Yes Senator. The president asked me to back off the investigation.


  • Nefercat

    “May live tweet if he feels the need to respond.”
    Please proceed, fuckface.

  • I CANNOT WAIT for the live tweeting. Man, that will be sweet. I hope they have the federal marshals standing by for when Trump admits criminal behavior in a tweet.

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