There's been another huge shakeup in Trump world. Two of Donald Trump’s top lawyers abruptly resigned from his defense team yesterday, just hours after news broke that he and a close aide Walt Nauta were indicted on charges related to their handling of classified documents.
Jim Trusty and John Rowley, who led Trump's legal team for months, now say they will no longer represent Trump in matters being investigated and prosecuted by special counsel Jack Smith, who is investigating both the classified documents case and efforts by Trump to subvert the 2020 election.
Their resignations were followed shortly by an announcement from Donald Trump confirming that a close aide, Walt Nauta, had also been indicted by federal prosecutors.
Sadly, Nauta is a Navy veteran, who served as the former president’s personal aide and was practically omnipresent during his time after the White House. In their place, Trump indicated that Todd Blanche — an attorney he recently retained to help fight unrelated felony charges brought by Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg in April — will lead his legal team, along with a firm to be named later.
While Trump has weathered chaos among his legal team in the past, the pool of experienced legal experts has been greatly diminished at the height of his legal issues. This all follows the recent departure of a third lawyer Tim Parlatore, who cited internal disagreements with Trump ally Boris Epshteyn, as his reason for abruptly quitting.
This all sounds terrible for Trump however he has one potential silver lining: The case appears to have been initially directed toward Trump-appointed U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon, who handled his lawsuit last year after the FBI raided Mar-a-Lago. Cannon sharply ruled in Trump’s favor which was ultimately reversed by an appeals court. Trump will certainly be happy to remain in Florida, for now.
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