Trump legal-team turmoil poses perils

According to a report from The Hill, President Trump is playing down suggestions “that he is having difficulty fielding a top-flight legal team.” On Sunday he tweeted, “Many lawyers and top law firms want to represent me in the Russia case…don’t believe the Fake News narrative that it is hard to find a lawyer who wants to take this on.”:

But, despite that, some high-profile lawyers have publicly stated that they won’t join the team, while others are reported to have rebuffed overtures.

One of those who declined, Ted Olson, told MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on Monday that Trump’s overall style of governance, including his personnel changes within the White House, was adding up to a situation of “turmoil.”

“It’s chaos, it’s confusion, it’s not good for anything,” Olson said.

Attorneys and legal experts who spoke to The Hill said that was true of the legal situation, not just the broader conduct of the Trump administration.

They also drew attention to the president’s tempestuous personality, suggesting that this would make any attorney think twice about representing him.

“I don’t have the time, energy or patience to babysit a client who ignores my expertise and opinions,” said Mark Zaid, a prominent Washington attorney. […]

Resistance to representing Trump, he said, “has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with the client. This is a client who is out of control, who tweets incessantly, who argues with his lawyers and disobeys his lawyers.”

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