Four Top Law Firms REFUSE To Represent Deadbeat Trump In Russia Probe

Donald Trump may want to hire the best and the brightest to represent him in his growing Russia scandal, but that’s certainly not what he is going to get. Apparently, had as big a problem in finding competent legal representation as he is in filling the government with worthwhile people.

Yahoo News reports that the White House sought help from 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, in dealing with the Russia investigation.

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All of them told him to f*ck the f*ck off.

While he ultimately settled — key word being “settled” — on his chief lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz, he was turned down by some of the biggest names in the legal profession because Trump wouldn’t listen to their advice, and even if he did listen he would continue his long tradition of not paying people he hires:

The lawyers and their firms cited a variety of factors in choosing not to take on the president as a client. Some, like Brendan Sullivan, said they had upcoming trials or existing commitments that would make it impossible for them to devote the necessary time and resources to Trump’s defense.

Others mentioned potential conflicts with clients of their firms, such as financial institutions that have already received subpoenas relating to potential money-laundering issues that are part of the investigation.

But a consistent theme, the sources said, was the concern about whether the president would accept the advice of his lawyers and refrain from public statements and tweets that have consistently undercut his position.

“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.

In addition, there are fears that association with The Donald would “kill recruitment” because of the shame involved in serving Trump willingly.

“Do I want to be associated with this president and his policies?” the lawyer said.

Trump has representation, but it really says something that the top legal minds in the nation consider him and the Russia scandal a lost cause.


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