Respected lawyers ‘won’t go near’ Trump

  • Alan Dershowitz says most reputable firms won’t let their lawyers near Trump right now.
  • “I’m not going to go near that with a 10-foot pole,” said Dershowitz, who a Trump lawyer recently told him.
  • Trump “has to worry about all these investigations,” another lawyer told Insider.

Alan Dershowitz, the lawyer who defended former President Donald Trump in his Senate impeachment trial, told Insider that most reputable law firms don’t allow their lawyers to approach Trump while his legal problems snowball.

“All the lawyers for big firms told me their firms wouldn’t let them do it,” Dershowitz said in an interview. “Companies won’t let them get anywhere near a case involving Trump. These are businesses that want to continue to have customers, and they know that if they represent Donald Trump, they’re going to lose a lot of customers.”

Dershowitz speaks from experience.

After representing Trump in the Senate impeachment trial, Dershowitz said he lost work opportunities and many of his speaking engagements.

“Everyone who has called me has shown reluctance to do so,” he said. “They say their law firms won’t let them do it. Their husbands or wives will not allow them to do so. Their kids won’t let them do it. Their friends won’t let them do it, even though they want me to.”

Dershowitz said that since he has represented Trump, at least six attorneys have asked him what it was like to work for the former president and whether it has affected his career. In one conversation, when Dershowitz told another attorney about his blacklisting experience, he said the person replied, “I’m not going anywhere near that with a 10-foot pole.”

There are other reasons why high-profile lawyers are reluctant to represent the former president.

“He likes to run the show, and as the old saying goes, if you represent yourself, you’ve got a fool for a client,” said one lawyer familiar with the Trump team’s thought process. “He’s a big believer in the public relations blitz, which I’ve never seen work. I don’t see anyone with any of the experience needed to represent a former president in a case like this. There’s a lot at stake here.”

Trump is the focus of a number of state and federal criminal investigations. At the fore is a Justice Department investigation into whether Trump violated three federal laws, including the Espionage Act, when he moved government documents from the White House to Mar-a-Lago upon leaving office.

The department has also targeted the former president in its sprawling criminal investigation into the events surrounding the Capitol riot and has subpoenaed a number of former senior White House officials. Prosecutors also subpoenaed the National Archives and Records Administration for all White House documents it turned over to the House special committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack.

In Georgia, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office is investigating whether Trump and his allies broke Georgia law in their bid to nullify President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory in the state. And in New York, the Manhattan district attorney’s office recently secured a plea deal with Trump’s chief accountant, Alan Weiselberg, who pleaded guilty this week to more than a dozen felonies and agreed to implicate the Trump Organization.

“The classified documents case is easy,” the lawyer familiar with the Trump team’s thought process told Insider. “It’s open and shut. He took an administrative matter and turned it into a full criminal case.”

They added: “He has to worry about all these investigations. I think he is a target of all of them and I think he will be charged.”

Trump’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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