Washington DC AG Has Serious Questions for Donald Trump Jr.
The Washington D.C. Attorney General's office has asked Donald Trump Jr. to sit down for a deposition as part of its lawsuit alleging that Trump's 2017 inaugural committee "wasted $1 million of donors' money.
The first sign of the legal troubles heading towards soon to be former President Trump and his three oldest children is starting to become visible.
The D.C. Attorney General's office has already deposed first daughter Ivanka Trump to uncover key information to pin down its evidence and case for its lawsuit. Ivanka, Trump's eldest daughter at the time, complained that the probe was "another politically motivated demonstration of vindictiveness" and a "waste of taxpayer dollars."
In the lawsuit against Trump's 2016 inaugural committee and Trump Organization, the Attorney General of Washington D.C. Karl Racine alleges that the inaugural committee's actions broke rules that bar charities from giving "special benefits" to their own leaders. The suit asks for the Trump Organization to give back the misused and siphoned off funds so they can be donated to charity.
Legal observers say Ivanka gave her deposition under oath in the last 30 days. The Washington AG intends to put Donald Jr. on the record via deposition, a common way of using a civil suit as a fig leaf for eventual criminal prosecution.
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Many political observers and legal experts believe President Trump, his three oldest children, and many in his inner circle of sycophants could be exposed to an enormous barrage of civil suits and state prosecutions. Suppose they accept pardons to prevent federal prosecutions. In that case, they won't be able to claim their 5th Amendment protections and will be at much greater risk for convictions and hundreds of millions in civil liabilities.
Given the steady stream of poor legal advice, it's not clear that President Trump and his inner circle are getting the legal advice they need to protect themselves best. Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz and Rudy Giuliani have not been the best council during the past four years. POTUS45 unwillingness to pay Giuliani's legal bills or his travel expenses for his efforts to overturn the 2020 election result could be a huge factor in his ability to retain competent legal counsel.
The steady practice of not paying his lawyers could come back to haunt Trump and his inner circle. He's no longer going to be president, so the cache of representing him is going to vanish just like his and his circle's need for representation explodes.
Then there's the horrible backlash from the January 6, 2021 insurrection. According to Bloomberg, Trump is already finding it challenging to retain competent legal representation …
"Allies…have been canvassing Washington's legal landscape looking for representation but so far are coming up short."
"Lawyers who defended him in the previous impeachment trial, including Jay Sekulow and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, have said no this time, according to people familiar with the matter."
Jay Sekulow has already stated on the record the January 6 insurrection could be an enormous legal problem for President Trump. Other lawyers who have previously defended Trump, such as former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, Eric Herschmann, Pat Philbin and Marc Kasowitz, have declined outright - to join Trump's impeachment legal team this time around.
Some of the lawyers approached have declined the role are refusing to represent him, pointing to Trump's conduct before, during and after the January 6 insurrection.
Keith Whittington, a politics professor at Princeton University, told Bloomberg…
"I'm not terribly surprised that top tier conservative attorneys who a Republican president might normally turn to would not be interested in jumping on this particular grenade,"
"Those who might have been sympathetic to defending the president in other contexts such as his first impeachment don't necessarily want to defend what he's done here -- both because they aren't easy to defend and they'll tarnish people's professional reputation down the road."
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