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During an appearance on MSNBC to discuss Donald Trump's reported valuation of Mar-a-Lago at $739 million, local author and historian Laurence Leamer claimed that there is a new breed of members at the resort since the former president became the former president and that they don't fit into the Palm Beach social scene.
Speaking with host Alex Witt, Leamer was reminded of a previous appearance on the network, right after Trump had lost to now-President Joe Biden, when he claimed it had become a "sad place."
At that time, he stated, "What's fascinating — I've talked to a bunch of people the last couple of days. A lot of people have quit Mar-a-Lago. They don't want their names to be in The Washington Post or The New York Times, and the list of people that have quit, they've silently walked out. They don't want anything to do with Donald Trump. And many of the members, they're not going there very often, because it's a very dispirited place. They're not concerned about politics. It's a sad place for Trump to be hanging out. It's not what it was."
On Saturday he stated it still is not what it was -- but now due to a different class of people who have taken to hanging out at the posh resort.
Explaining that he has been banned from entering the resort, he responded to the MSNBC host who asked, "Have things picked back up there?"
"I would go there often, but Trump has banned me for life from Mar-a-Lago. See, I'm wearing a badge saying it," he joked.
"No, it has changed," he continued. "I mean this is a new class of people coming in. These true Trump believers that have the bucks and tend to be a vulgar kind of redneck types and wouldn't be welcomed in Palm Beach otherwise."
"But they have got to be able to afford the price tag of admission, right?" host Witt asked.
"I mean, that's the kind of money: $200,000 bucks, what is that to these people?" he shot back
"I dunno, I don't have the answer to that one. I'm just going to let that hang out there," Witt demurred.
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Trump would be making a huge mistake if he goes to trial with Letitia James: criminal defense attorney
According to criminal defense attorney Danny Cevallos, Donald Trump would be doing himself a favor by settling with New York Attorney General Letitia James over a lawsuit alleging real estate fraud rather than take her on in a courtroom.
Speaking with MSNBC host Alex Witt, the attorney said that nine out of ten cases involving fraud like the one the former president is accused of results in settlements and, based on what he has heard from James, that is the path Trump should take.
"Let me ask you about possible settlements in this case," host Witt prompted. "Is that a road Donald Trump might go down and could it separate his three elder children, Don Trump Jr., Ivanka, Eric, who are named in this lawsuit? Could they then make a settlement on their own even if the dad decides that he wants to fight this in court?"
"If you just playing the odds, nine out of ten civil cases settle before they go to trial," he replied. "And the reason for that is each side bears a lot of risk. A jury trial is a coin flip of 12 people, six people, depending on the jurisdiction."
"A lot of companies and individuals can't stomach that risk," he continued. "So, statistically, the Trumps are likely to settle. In addition, these particular defendants would not want to go to trial and air out even further all of this evidence that Letitia James alleges she has, because according to her, she has the receipts."
"That makes sense, these are the kinds of allegations that are black and white on paper submitted to banks, " he added.
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Trump kids only path to settling with AG Letitia James would require 'implicating' their father: legal expert
According to MSNBC legal analyst Lisa Rubin, there is really only one path for Donald Trump's kids to get out from under charges from New York Attorney General Letitia James regarding real estate fraud, but that would require flipping on their father.
Earlier in the week, James presented a 200-page lawsuit seeking $250 million in penalties against Donald Trump, his three kids, Don Jr., Eric and Ivanka for egregiously inflating the value of properties owned by the Trump Organization.
According to Rubin, there is an outside chance Trump could broach a settlement with James -- and she might welcome it and call it a victory -- but it would be difficult for the Trump kids to seek their own deals without dragging their father down in the process.
Speaking with host Alex Witt, Rubin said it could happen but it would be difficult.
"How about this scenario, Lisa," Witt proposed. "Let's say Donald Trump wanted to fight it, could his kids take a different path? Could they settle on their own? "
"They certainly could," Rubin replied. " But some of the same patterns that we see with the children are all mixed up in misrepresentations by the former president."
"So for example, Alex, there are statements of financial conditions that are certified by the former president, and one of the children might attach that statement of financial condition to an application for a loan," she elaborated. "It's hard to see how certain of the adult children at least could accept responsibility and settle with Tish James without implicating their father."
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