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The analysis came after a Washington Post story on attorney Chris Kise being sidelined after being paid $3 million up-front.
The report said Kise, "finds himself in a battle, trying to persuade Trump to go along with his legal strategy and fighting with some other advisers who have counseled a more aggressive posture. The dispute has raged for at least a week, Trump advisers say, with the former president listening as various lawyers make their best arguments."
The newspaper said the most recent court filing suggests Trump is siding with lawyers suggesting a combative posture.
"Trump didn't like the advice his new lawyer offered -- try to de-escalate with the DOJ and avoid criminal jeopardy. Now that guy is being pushed to the side," reporter Carol Leonnig wrote on Twitter.
Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti ripped Trump's decision making and wrote, "Chris Kise has wisely advised Trump to deescalate with DOJ and seek an off-ramp that avoids criminal charges."
"That’s what any competent lawyer would advise him to do," Mariotti explained. "Trump’s decision to sideline Kise in favor of the lawyers who helped get him in this mess is nonsensical."
"Kise points out that the other lawyers on Trump’s team lack relevant experience. He’s right," Mariotti added.
MSNBC legal analyst Lisa Rubin summarized the reporting by writing, "apparently, Chris Kise is conscientiously objecting to the shin-kicking, scorched-earth litigation style for which Trump is (in)famous."
Former Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissmann wrote, "Infighting in Trump legal team. The sane one is of course losing out."
On Friday, CNN's KFILE reported that Republican congressional candidate Joe Kent had more meetings with white nationalists than previously known — including an interview in June with a pro-Nazi activist he had publicly disavowed and claimed not to know anything about.
"While Republican Joe Kent touted his support for prominent far-right figures like Reps. Marjorie Taylor Green and Paul Gosar and supported MAGA policies, he was speaking with Greyson Arnold, a Nazi sympathizer," reported Andrew Kaczynski and Em Steck. "Kent’s exchange with Arnold is all the more notable because just weeks later Kent’s campaign worked to distance him from Arnold after photos surfaced of the pair together. A Kent campaign strategist told the Associated Press in July that the campaign did not do background checks on those who took selfies with the candidate."
Arnold is an white nationalist and anti-Semitic activist who has repeatedly praised the Nazis, saying that Hitler was “a complicated historical figure which many people misunderstand," and has promoted content that called Nazi men the "pure race" and said that “Jewish led colored hordes of the Earth” are being used to wipe out White people.
According to previous reports, Kent also appeared on the podcast of Nick Fuentes, a prominent white nationalist leader, and begged for forgiveness over his public disavowal of Fuentes' political beliefs. As the report noted, "Kent’s website also features an endorsement from Arizona state Sen. Wendy Rogers who was censured by the Republican-controlled Arizona senate after she gave a speech to the white nationalist conference calling for public hangings."
Despite all this, Kent is actually seen as a traitor to Trump by some far-right groups, some of whom have blasted him as "an agent of the Deep State" and a "lifelong Marxist Democrat."
Kent secured the GOP nomination for Washington's 3rd Congressional District earlier this year in a top-two jungle primary, narrowly beating out incumbent Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, who had become a focus of former President Donald Trump's rage as one of a handful of House Republicans who voted to impeach him for inciting the January 6 insurrection. He now faces Democratic candidate Marie Gluesenkamp Perez in the general election.
Trump accuses publishers of conspiring to only release books filled with 'bad things' about his presidency
Former President Donald Trump, apparently still hurt by embarrassing revelations about his presidency made in a new book from New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, accused the entire publishing industry of conspiring against him.
Writing on his Truth Social platform, the former president claimed that major publishing houses have systematically rejected multiple former administration officials who purportedly wanted to write books about how wonderful it was to work for him.
"I know many people that wanted to write a really good book about me, but their publishers wouldn't let them," he wrote. "They were not interested in any way, shape, or form unless they were willing to say bad things. Some took a pass, and some sold out to the Enemy."
In fact there have been some books released that have painted his administration in a more positive light, including those written by former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and press secretary Sean Spicer.
However, neither of those books sold well, while tell-all books that depicted Trump's White House as a stream of nonstop chaos instantly rocketed up the bestseller list.