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Speaking to CNN "New Day" Thursday morning, former impeachment lawyer Norm Eisen explained that Donald Trump is slowly being defeated, in part, due to really bad lawyering.
Over the past several months, the former president has fought the demand for the National Archives to hand over any documents or details submitted from his administration. According to Eisen, he hasn't done so very effectively.
Legal analysts have said that the likelihood of the court agreeing to hide the documents is slim because the exiting executive has waged executive privilege on anything involving the Jan. 6 attack. At the same time, the requests are coming from Congress, which has a constitutional responsibility to serve as a check on the other branch of government.
"He's failed at every level," Eisen said of Trump's efforts. "And the reason he has failed the Supreme Court road last night is because he simply did not make the showing that he needed to make in order to have these documents held back. It's a balancing test when you're talking about executive privilege, the right of a president to hold back documents. And you've got to show an overwhelming, compelling need for each individual document. And sometimes even a paragraph for a line on a document to be held back, and he just failed to do it. So, once again, Trump was brought down by lousy lawyering."
Trump has struggled to find legal help after years of attorneys only partially being paid or being stiffed entirely. Another reason, according to Joe Scarborough, is that Trump makes for a terrible client because "he lies all the time." That makes him very difficult to defend.
Author and lawyer James Zirin penned the book Plaintiff in Chief: A Portrait of Donald Trump in 3,500 Lawsuits in which documented Trump's refusal to pay his bills.
"People often ask me: 'how can he bring 3,500 lawsuits or be involved in 3,500 lawsuits?'" the author said in 2019. "The answer is he didn't pay most of his lawyers ... He doesn't pay his lawyers. He doesn't pay his architects, doesn't pay his creditors, goes into bankruptcy."
Well-known lawyers have even turned down the former president. That then results in an inexperienced legal team to litigate executive privilege and other constitutional issues.
Now that the decision has been made, Eisen explained that there will likely be a trove of documents that Americans can see. The Jan. 6 probe isn't from a grand jury, so most of the documents should be public.
"I think, are going to provide further depth to the mosaic" of Jan. 6, Eisen continued. "They're putting together all the pieces of this terrible falsehood. One of the worst in American history — that that election was stolen and we saw the violence of Jan. 6 erupt as a result. Now they'll have call logs, they'll have memos, they'll have speech drafts, they'll have emails and other material from the core people in the White House who were talking to the president about this big lie. I think it will help them to advance the narrative."
He went on to say that the information will help go deeper into the president's inner circle with phone records to and from the White House and how all roads lead to the president.
"What he knew, what he did and didn't do.," said Eisen "These documents will help them very likely make the case and lead to dramatic televised hearings and a report that may very well have a criminal referral or referrals, including against the former president. These documents are absolutely critical inside information."
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Trump Organization based $161 million valuation of Scotland golf course on magazine quote: New York AG
According to Business Insider, New York Attorney General Letitia James is alleging that the Trump Organization based their $161 million valuation of the Trump International Golf Club Scotland in Aberdeen on a quote one of their executives gave to Forbes magazine, rather than a legitimate accounting analysis.
"According to the filing, the property was bought by the Trump Organization, the umbrella company for Trump's businesses, in 2006 for $12.6 million," reported Tom Porter. "But in financial statements in 2011 it was valued at £75 million or $161 million. 'This valuation appears to have been based on an email prepared to provide information to Forbes magazine for a quote and was not professionally determined,' a statement from James's office said."
"The email containing the valuation was sent by former Trump Org executive George Sorial, according the documents," continued the report. "Sorial's quote to Forbes, as described in the legal documents, said 'although a formal appraisal has not been prepared at this point,' the $161 million valuation was arrived at by 'speaking with specialists in the field and having closely watched this development transform itself over the last five years.'"
One of the key matters being investigated by New York State officials is whether the Trump Organization kept two sets of books, overvaluing their properties in reports to banks in order to qualify for more favorable loan terms, while undervaluing their properties in reports to the IRS to reduce what they owe in taxes.
Former President Donald Trump has alleged that the New York investigation is politically motivated and has filed a lawsuit alleging that James is violating his civil rights. James has not backed down, saying the former president "doesn't get to dictate the investigation."
Some officials in Scotland have separately tried to secure an "unexplained wealth order" to investigate how Trump acquired his properties there, although that measure failed.
Trump Media offered phone calls from ex-president in exchange for $100M investments -- but found few takers: report
Donald Trump's social media company tried to sell personal phone calls with the former president for $100 million, but found few takers.
Bankers for the fledgling Trump Media & Technology Group approached dozens of investors to pitch a $1 billion deal offering lucrative financial terms after the company had already raised about $300 million through a merger with a special purpose acquisition company, and five people briefed on the pitches say potential investors were promised a call from Trump, reported the New York Times.
"Despite the opportunity to invest in a deal whose terms were structured to make a profit for investors," the newspaper reported, "many of Wall Street’s big names passed."
More than a dozen prominent hedge funds and investment firms were afraid to go into business with the twice-impeached one-term president out of fear of alienating their own investors, according to people briefed on the situation.
Others were concerned about Trump's reputation for bankruptcies, lawsuits and disputes with lenders and partners, and some just didn't see enough details about the company -- which currently has no disclosed revenue or products.
Trump Media raised $293 million in October through an agreement to merge with Digital World, and the company announced it had secured another $1 billion through a "private investment in public equity," or PIPE, deal with three dozen investors, although they must turn over that money if its merger with Digital World closes.