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Donald Trump is seeking to staff up his legal team as he faces investigations in Florida, Georgia, New York, and Washington, DC.
In Georgia, Trump bulked up his legal team by hiring "Billion Dollar Lawyer" Drew Findling, who is best known for defending famous rappers. Findling called for Trump to be impeached on his 24th day in office.
Trump is also seeking to expand his Florida legal team after the FBI executed a search warrant at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
The report noted former OAN reporter Christina Bobb "became the face of Trump’s legal pushback, booking time on Fox and other conservative media outlets. But behind the scenes, Trump’s allies initiated a hunt for new attorneys who might be more experienced with the complex battle with the Justice Department they knew was about to begin."
However, Bobb may have to recuse herself as a witness in the case.
"There was a growing realization, in the words of one close adviser, that the former president could be in for a 'big fight for a long time.' It was a familiar predicament for Trump, who has changed lawyers repeatedly since 2016 and has at times had trouble finding high-powered counsel to take up his cause," the newspaper noted.
Trump's rag-tag team pushing his election denialism included Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Lin Wood and John Eastman.
"Jon Sale, a prominent Florida defense attorney who had been part of the Watergate prosecutorial team, confirmed he was asked this week to represent Trump — and declined. He called the request a 'privilege' but said that because of 'other professional commitments,' he did not have the time to provide the kind of lawyering he believed Trump will need."
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Former White House chief of staff John Kelly explained to The Washington Post that his former boss did not understand why America's secrets are classified.
Kelly's comments were included in a Washington Post deep-dive by reporters Josh Dawsey, Rosalind S. Helderman, Jacqueline Alemany and Devlin Barrett titled, "Trump’s secrets: How a records dispute led the FBI to search Mar-a-Lago."
"A Trump adviser said the former president’s reluctance to relinquish the records stems from his belief that many items created during his term — photos, notes, even a model of Air Force One built to show off a new paint job he had commissioned — are now his personal property, despite a law dating to the 1970s that decreed otherwise," the newspaper reported.
The newspaper interviewed Kelly, who also served as Secretary of Homeland Security and as a four-star Marine Corps general.
“His sense was that the people who are in the intel business are incompetent, and he knew better,” Kelly said. “He didn’t believe in the classification system.”
Former national security adviser John Bolton told the newspaper, “almost nothing would surprise me about what’s in the documents at Mar-a-Lago.”
“People were nervous enough about his lack of concern for classification matters that the briefers typically said, ‘Well, we need to take it back,’” Bolton said. “He’d usually give it back — but sometimes he wouldn’t give it back.”
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Donald Trump's mood has shifted as his legal liability keeps looking worse as more information comes out about why the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago.
On Saturday, The Washington Post published online a lengthy deep-dive on the events leading up to the search warrant and the resulting fallout. The story had correspondents Josh Dawsey, Rosalind S. Helderman, Jacqueline Alemany and Devlin Barrett on the byline.
The four reported, "Trump and his close allies quickly became transfixed by the events unfolding in Palm Beach, people familiar with the day said. Some monitored the agents via CCTV security cameras as they searched Trump’s office and personal quarters and a first-floor storage facility, another of his lawyers, Christina Bobb, told Fox News. Distracted, Trump kept jumping on the phone, Fischetti said, trying to figure out why the agents, casually dressed in khakis and polo shirts to cause less of a scene, were roaming the seaside facility he had tried to brand 'the winter White House,' which was mostly closed for the summer."
Trump initially thought the Espionage Act investigation would help him.
"Immediately after the search, Trump seemed to believe the FBI had played into his hands. Instead of exhibiting any concern, two people who spoke to him Monday evening both reported that Trump was 'upbeat,' convinced the Justice Department had overreached and would cause Republicans to rally to his cause and help him regain the presidency in 2024," the newspaper reported. "By Friday, however, the unsealed court records showed agents had seized 11 sets of classified documents, among other things. Republicans’ howls of protest became somewhat more muted, and people around Trump said his buoyant mood at times turned dark."