Trump denies he’s struggling to build legal defense team

​Former President Donald Trump called “FAKE NEWS” Thursday on a Washington Post report that claimed he has been having trouble hiring top-flight attorneys to represent him in the days since the FBI raid on his Florida resort.

“The WAPO story that ‘Trump is scrambling to add seasoned lawyers’ to the Mar-a-Lago Raid case is, as usual, FAKE NEWS. I already have excellent and experienced lawyers – am very happy with them,” Trump said in an early morning post on his Truth Social site.

“This is highly political prosecutorial misconduct, I have not been charged with anything and, most importantly, I did nothing wrong. Thank you!” the 45th president added.

Former DOJ prosecutor James Trusty would most likely aid Trump in the form of legal assistance.
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The Washington Post report, published ​Tuesday, said Trump and his aides have been searching high and low for “expert legal advice” since the Aug. 8 search and the subsequent revelation that the former president is being investigated for possibly violating three federal statutes — including the Espionage Act — but have come up empty-handed.

“Everyone is saying no,” the newspaper quoted a prominent Republican as saying.

The outlet added that the former president is “struggling” to find a “veteran defense lawyer” with experience dealing with the Justice Department.

When asked about the report Thursday, attorney David Schoen, who represented Trump in his second Senate impeachment trial, told CNN that he had been “approached a couple months ago about being a liaison with the Justice Department.

“It wasn’t for me, it doesn’t suit my skill set. I wasn’t particularly interested in that,” Schoen said.

“It’s not my — not my skill set to sift through boxes and sort of liaison with the Justice Department,” he added. “I’m hired generally when a case is going to trial or appeal to argue the case and to cross-examine witnesses. So, that’s my skill set at least.”

M. Evan Corcoran (left) is also slated to appear to aid Trump in his legal defense.
M. Evan Corcoran (left) is also slated to appear to aid Trump in his legal defense.
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Former President Donald Trump called reports of him having trouble hiring attorneys for his case against the FBI after they raided his Mar-a-Lago estate "fake news."
Former President Donald Trump called reports of him having trouble hiring attorneys for his case against the FBI after it raided his Mar-a-Lago estate “fake news.”
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Armed Secret Service agents stand outside an entrance to former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, late Monday, Aug. 8, 2022.
Armed Secret Service agents stand outside an entrance to former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, late Monday, Aug. 8, 2022.
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The Washington Post article also noted that advisers ​to the 45th president are “extremely worried” that the current stable of lawyers representing him lack the experience to handle such a complex case. 

“I had some of the greatest lawyers in the country willing to help me prepare for the impeachment,” Schoen told CNN Thursday when asked about that aspect of the report.

“But there are some people who at that time had been around President Trump, giving advice and vetting lawyers and wanting to go insinuate themselves into the situation, who I think gave bad advice,” he added. “And so in this case, they nixed some of these people because they hadn’t been vetted by them and so on, sort of making themselves too self-important.”

A Trump spokesman denied the report in a statement on Tuesday, claiming the former president has ample legal firepower on his side in the form of former federal prosecutors Evan Corcoran and James Trusty. 

“The President’s lead counsel in relation to the raid of his home, Jim Trusty and Evan Corcoran, have decades of prosecutorial experience and have litigated some of the most complex cases in American history,” Taylor Budowich said in the statement. “President Trump is represented by some of the strongest attorneys in the country, and any suggestion otherwise is only driven by envy.”

The Washington Post report, published ​Tuesday, said Trump and his aides have been searching high and low for "expert legal advice" since the Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-lago.
The Washington Post report, published ​Tuesday, said Trump and his aides have been searching high and low for “expert legal advice” since the Aug. 8 raid on Mar-a-Lago.
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