Trump Considers Reshuffling Legal Team as He Takes On Mueller More Aggressively

President Trump has discussed firing one lawyer, and another has considered quitting. A third, who has pushed theories on television that the F.B.I. framed the president, was hired.

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  1. And nary a mention of Stephanie Clifford? Which Trump attorney is on that case?

  2. David Dennison, Esquire?

  3. Ms. Clifford may be the one in position to do him the greatest harm. I can just imagine her on national TV, one of those tabloid shows that comes on after the network news, holding up two fingers about an inch and a half apart and saying "It's about this long." She won't have to mention any names; everybody will understand because the context has already been provided. He'll have either a heart attack or stroke, perhaps both. Pete McGuire, Atlanta

  4. Yes, she apparently does know all the requisite positions.

  5. Does Trump really think he can fire his way out of this conundrum? Is he so delusional that he believes he is still on the set of The Apprentice? He can reshuffle, reconfigure and reset his legal team until the cows come home, but the net net is this; he's going down!

  6. I agree, if he did the crime, he deserves to do the time. In this case, the crimes will probably be related to money launder and tax evasion which are objectively easier to prove than the subjectively deniable crime of collusion. A lot of the Trump base will brush off evidence of collusion rationalizing that it was just a means to an end, with the end being Clinton’s defeat. The ends justify the means. But not many people are going to look kindly on a serial tax cheat.

  7. Trump has no real choice, it is all he knows; the way he is wired. Good, bad, or other. Trump will continue duck, dodge and intimidate because he knows no other way.

  8. Collusion is not a crime. Conspiracy is.

  9. Trump's latest tweets and actions clearly demonstrate that he is planning to eliminate the Special Prosecutor, sooner rather than later. Republicans have demonstrated over and over again that while they may promise to act if and when this happens, they will do nothing. The only question now is, when this firing takes place, what will we, as American citizens, do?

  10. Take to the streets!!!

  11. It will clearly be time to storm the Bastille.

  12. Mueller already has the goods - in spades. He is just now adding the icing and doing a spell check. Despite the appointment of the feckless Sessions, the DOJ is still predominantly comprised of dispassionate lawyers who know that we are a nation of laws, not men. Rosenstein will have been briefed and can deliver the Mueller findings. If not him then his deputy. Trump will have to removes the entire DOJ to prevent his malfeasance and sleazy doings from coming to light.

  13. " Reshuffling Legal Team ". The Medical equivalent would be getting a second or tenth opinion, while the patient is in the Morgue, awaiting autopsy. Just saying.

  14. Reminds me of this: * Lawyer: "Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?" * Witness: "No." * Lawyer: "Did you check for blood pressure?" * Witness: "No." * Lawyer: "Did you check for breathing?" * Witness: "No." * Lawyer: "So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?" * Witness: "No." * Lawyer: "How can you be so sure, Doctor?" * Witness: "Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar." * Lawyer: "But could the patient have still been alive nevertheless?" * Witness: "Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law somewhere."

  15. “It’s never a good idea to see legal teams change dramatically and for competent lawyers to be replaced by others.” President Trump has received the questions from Mueller. Trump knows what Mueller is interested in. There are rumors (reported by Axios) that the questions indicate that Mueller is interested in obstruction, not as much in collusion, and he is more focused on post election events than those during the campaign. Trump is making changes, getting those with legal expertise in areas that Mueller is interested in, and firing others he has no need for. Trump is being street smart. Unlike these "long time legal analysts." That is why Trump will prevail in the end.

  16. Street smarts might work in a brawl. We think Mueller has smarts in every arena. We wouldn't presume to guess which crime he'll pin on Trump.

  17. He sure is acting like he did something wrong. Most innocent people don't act this way. He will probably be in trouble for Obstruction of Justice.

  18. Anybody who'd rather have Donald John Trump have his back in a dark alley, as opposed to Robert Mueller, is a fool.

  19. I find it nearly impossible to imagine anyone of competence, honor, patriotism, and with any degree of self-respect working for Trump in any capacity but least of all as a legal representative.

  20. That's an interesting thought. Why would someone accept the job - esp. given that those mentioned are or have been high-profile. Is it because they actually believe they can vindicate him? They want to be written about in history books & case law as the most self-defeating advocates ever? Lots of possibilities to ponder.

  21. He's doing to his legal team what he has done elsewhere: fire the competent people because they tell him what he doesn't want to hear and hire sycophants that will assure him he's the smartest person in the room. I once had a horse that was very hard-headed, like No. 45, and I recommend the same cure: Just let him run until he's exhausted and realizes he's the reason he's in a world of hurt. There is a difference between No. 45 & that horse, however: The horse figured out he had done it to himself and eventually wised up.

  22. They're lawyers, are you kidding?

  23. Trump has finally found his Roy Cohn, just not as clever.

  24. It's like shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic. Sad.

  25. Or the Hindenburg.

  26. Or as Stephen Colbert said about the George W. Bush administration in 2006: "Some people say changing the cabinet around is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. That's not true; this administration isn't sinking. In fact, this administration is soaring; if anything, it's like rearranging the deck chairs on the Hindenburg."

  27. We think this is an impotent man in a panic. Insecure. Frantic. Not feeling his oats as POTUS, but out of his depth, guilty, crazy, rejected by his wife and worried about his financial future. Used to being able to secure his status with branding and beautiful women, being now called on the carpet by men with morals, not feeling the love and confused about what was or wasn't criminal behavior. Trying to deliver to his millionaire peers - similarly unattractive old gits with money, expected to deliver, braying to the base. What a mess. We wish him the worst. Every Trump looks good in orange.

  28. Rejected by his wife? Don't you have that backward...?

  29. Well said.

  30. she's supposed to pretend - she's not playing by the trophy rules

  31. Just wait for Trump to say one of his team is "a fine man." That guy is toast.

  32. Paragr. 8: "Little evidence has emerged to support that theory." "No credible evidence has emerged to support that theory." Fixed it for you.

  33. “Not a scintilla of evidence has emerged to support the whack job conspiracy theory originating from Russian trolls.” Fixed it for you.

  34. It would be entirely insane for Trump to fire the grown-ups on his legal team and put the wing-nut conspiracy theorist diGenova in charge. At the same time, it shouldn't surprise anyone if Trump does just that.

  35. this circus has gone on for too long

  36. Like 1995 OJ Trail.

  37. Didn’t the president reassure Rex Tillerson that his job was safe? We know how that ended. And Rob Porter was told his job was also safe, even after the president knew of Porter’s domestic abuse issues. Now Ty Cobb is waiting for the ax to fall, although he was told his job was safe. The president doesn’t need to shake up his legal team at all. He just needs to tell the truth to the Special Prosecutor. Why dance between the raindrops if there’s nothing to hide? The rule of law and justice cannot be rushed simply to satisfy the president. He is not above the law and like any ordinary citizen he must let the sands of justice run through the hourglass in its own good time. Since the president is boasting about being a two-term president, he’s planning to be around for a while, so what’s the hurry? The president is inviting legal jeopardy by playing musical chairs with his lawyers. He has already dismissed several White House aides who fell out of favor with him. No competent attorney can save the president from himself because all he desires is for Robert Mueller to go away and changing attorneys by the week will not bring him peace of mind. It's a wonder that any competent attorney would want to represent him.

  38. Remember that there are multiple fronts to this investigation: whether Trump and the campaign conspired ("colluded") with Russia to influence the election; improper foreign influence on policy and quid pro quo arrangements during the transition and the administration; obstruction of justice; and financial crimes such as money laundering. Any or all of these could be fodder for the questions to Trump and are a potential minefield for his lying and obfuscation. My money is on the financial crimes and obstruction. I think the quid pro quo and collusion happened but might be harder to prove.

  39. Trump can hire the best lawyers that money can buy. But they are no match for the truth.

  40. Trump has already tried to hire the best lawyers that money can buy. They wouldn't work for him because as one of them said, ‘The guy won’t pay and he won’t listen,'” https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/the-guy-wontpay-and-he-wont-listen-...

  41. An innocent person would allow a thorough investigation to take place in order to get themselves exhonerated. Donald J. Trump obviously fears the truth coming out, so is desperately trying to twart the investigation from taking place, because he KNOWS he is guilty of a host of crimes.

  42. He seems to have problems filling all those positions at the State Dept but not on his legal team. Still only thinking about himself.

  43. It seems that President Trump's problems grow by the day. And his urge to solve these problems by echoing his trademark line of "you're fired" from the Apprentice accelerates at the same rate. Except he's firing people faster than he can onboard their replacements, and what worries me is not even so much that he will be surrounded by rookies as that he will be surrounded by nobody. I have this horror movie image in my mind of the President of the United States locked all alone in a bathroom of the White House doing nothing but sending out tweets and watching Fox News. Those concerned about President Trump have tended to discuss how he might be impeached, but maybe a more likely end game would come through the 25th Amendment, which talks about what happens when it is determined that our president is "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office."

  44. He already is!

  45. I've gotten to the point where I've almost stopped reading about this Administration, because the revolving door is spinning so fast, I can't keep track of the players anymore.

  46. The richest people in DC these days are those who install revolving doors.

  47. The real crime is that Trump is not interested in protecting free elections in our country. And then there are the Constitutional rights of the people. I don't think he understands or cares about any of that. Are letters to the NYT subject to the review of Cambridge Analytics?

  48. Musical lawyers. Let’s hope the music that will soon be playing is Trump’s D.C. swan song.

  49. His current lawyers know the details of Trump's attempts to obstruct justice. They are thus a liability. More confusion and diversion is needed fast.

  50. I'd hate to have to be the staffer who has to break the news of Matlock's death to Mr. President.

  51. With many, many thanks to Jim Unger: Mr. Trump, please raise your right hand: Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? Response: I swerve to smell da soup, da toll both, and nuts sing on da roof.

  52. Trump is playing three card Monte with the American public distracting everyone especially evangelicals from the real question with the porn star, did Trump pressure her to have an abortion.

  53. Wouldn't that be the perfect popped cherry on the fake Christian cake ?!

  54. Hopefully she gives it up. Would not be surprised though if Dumps 'subjects' give it the hypocritical pass, too. It's what they do.

  55. Trumpty Dumpty sat on a big southern border wall, And then Trumpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's lawyers And all his court jesters Couldn't put Trumpty Dumpty Back together again. Sad.

  56. Well, maybe he can get Mexico to pay for the lawyers?

  57. I just adore how you call him Mr Trump. Trump would be too English and consequently too cultural for him. The prospect of President still unimaginable for me

  58. Who pays for all these lawyers?

  59. DJT pays now - then eventually anyone who buys his products/stays in his properties.

  60. Great question. How can an ordinary citizen find out?

  61. I'll bet good money he isn't. He's infamous for stiffing his attorneys.

  62. You get the kind of counsel you deserve. And the kind of government.

  63. Where are the Congressional Republicans? Are they really okay with all this? I suppose they are probably about to pass some horrifying legislation and they love all this drama that keeps us from seeing it. They just don't realize that without a functioning government and rule of law, even their horrible legislation will become meaningless. There's a reason dictator regimes hide their money in rule of law nations like ours.

  64. Joseph E. diGenova sounds like a very clever guy...figuring out that the F.B.I. and D.O.J. are trying to falsely set up Trump for a make believe crime that never occurred. Why now I bet the F.B.I. set up all those meetings between Trumpites and the Russians as a 'just in case' backup scenario. Pity that Comey's public statement that the F.B.I. was re-opening the Hillary email investigation right before the election makes him look like he purposefully swung things for Trump. Undoubtedly just a smoke screen to hide his and the F.B.I.'s undying support for Clinton. Soon Judge Judy will be leading the Trump legal team; then the chickens will begin to fly.

  65. Hillary Clinton was worthy of our support, and got three million more votes than Trump, who is unworthy of our support, our sympathy or our attention.

  66. I adore seeing Trumpists bray that Trump shall emerge uber alles, because the man--who once bragged that he'd spent six weeks, "pouring dry wall," for his daddy's ill-paid construction company--enjoys a plethora of, and I quote, "street smarts."

  67. To those who lived through it, do you not think this resembles Nixon's increasing desperation during Watergate? The threats of firing, the actual firings of anybody who comes to close to the facts, the groping for any piece of driftwood that might keep the executive's head above water. I don't know about "collusion," but all of this looks a lot like obstruction of justice (and frantic attempts at hiding that obstruction) to me.

  68. Yes, I lived thru Nixon. Trump is worse, much worse. Whereas Nixon had the decency and sense to go quietly into the nite, Trump will never leave until he is escorted out in handcuffs.

  69. Having been a NYC commercial real estate lawyer for 36 years, I can confirm that Donald Trump has always been notorious in the industry for capriciously and impulsively hiring and firing a motley pantheon of aggressive, rapacious, truculent and near-sociopathic NYC lawyers and law firms. This pattern continues as before, the only difference being that he now controls the USA's nuclear weapons arsenal.

  70. My question is: Have any of those myriad lawyers ever actually been paid ???

  71. Contrary to his constant proclamations of “witch hunt” and “no collusion,” it appears that someone is feeling the noose get tighter and tighter around his plump neck. People with nothing to hide, who have done nothing wrong, rarely go through multiple teams of lawyers. This is a sign not only of desperation, but of a difficult and irrational client who is simply unmanageable.

  72. Don't count on Mueller. Not because he's a bad man; because Trump is a bad man. Vote them out. All those who maintain a studied silence in the face of treasonous conduct: show them the door. Gain control of the gavels and committees. Subpoena the tax returns.

  73. Trump's dishonest refusal to release his tax returns ("I can't, they're still being audited") was a huge red flag that Mitch McConnell deliberately chose to ignore. Trump lied about his tax returns during the campaign and after the election, and still hasn't made them public. And in some crypt somewhere, the corpse of Richard Nixon is smiling.

  74. Are we taxpayers paying for the lawyers?

  75. This new guy speaks in gibberish. “Falsely created crime”? As opposed to a truly created crime? And this guy was a US Attorney? He must have been VERY well connected.

  76. It is entirely possible that Trump believes he didn't collude with Russia and is acting the way he is because he as a spoiled child. It is possible that the collusion was tacicit (don't be mean to Putin so I can build Trump Tower, Moscow). It is possible that he doesn't believe that lying to the American people about Russian interference was illegal or even wrong. If this is the case, and Trump is behaving the way he is, and acting out the way he is, then he is not competent to stand trial, let alone sit as President. In short, the President is either guilty of far far more than what has been publicly revealed or he is mentally unfit for the presidency.

  77. "In short, the President is either guilty of far far more than what has been publicly revealed or he is mentally unfit for the presidency." I submit that one does not preclude the other.

  78. I'll go with mentally unfit, as in sociopathic. Sociopaths lie and think nothing of it, if it serves their interest at the moment. They will also steal from friends, and think nothing of it. Trump is a sociopath; and, that is a sad thing to say about the President of the United States.

  79. Trump, arguably the most ignorant and least educated president (in terms of actually absorbing anything from his education), fancies himself cut in the same mold as Lincoln with his claims that he likes to have people of opposing viewpoints around. This of course like most things the liar in chief states is the opposite of the truth. In reality, he can't stand to be disagreed with and can't endure people telling him what to do - including lawyers. He is currently in full bloom now, cleaning house and surrounding himself with a cabinet equivalent of Fox news: a vast echo-chamber, devoid of original thought or dissenting view. In the end (which he senses is coming soon), it will just be Trump and a roomful of yes-men getting ready to face the cameras one last time as the cars drive up to haul him away to that big dust-bin in history.

  80. Just wait until you see the sealed indictments that will be handed up with Muller's discharge papers.

  81. As if the reputation of lawyer’s couldn’t sink any lower.

  82. What could go wrong---dismissing competent attorney's and hiring the Fox legal team line up...this is the C team, no, that is too generous, versus the A team...

  83. Is anyone else tiring of Trump's high schoolish "I might/might not fire you" dramatics? This is what American leadership has come down to?

  84. Whew! For a minute there, I thought he might actually stick with this team. But, then I remembered he knows more about fighting than the generals do. He knows more about trade wars than economists do. He knows how to hire only the best people and only he can fix Washington. Without question, he knows more about the law than lawyers so it was easily to find fault with the current team. I suggest he trust his feelings here and get rid of his entire team. He should represent himself. He could watch old episodes of Perry Mason, call Judge Judy or Jeanine Pirro for advice on those pesky Latin terms and if all else fails, there is always Legal Zoom. No "Nolo Contendre" from this president. Believe me.

  85. That's why he isn't --'er -- lying about there being no collusion. He must have done it all by himself!

  86. Excellent!

  87. Who is paying for all of this legal help? The meter is spinning pretty fast with all this legal talent on the payroll. All of the names seem to be long-time DC players. So much for changing Washington and draining the swamp. It appears that trump may have fallen in himself.

  88. DJT has to pay for his personal lawyers...That said, he promised more jobs if elected - we just didn’t realize he meant jobs for defense attorneys.

  89. Two things in this article stand out. First, that the newest attorney’s wife is representing Mark Corallo. His assertion that Trump created the deceptive explanation about the Trump Tower meeting is one of the things that gives the obstruction accusations credibility. Second is that Emmet Flood isn’t the newest addition to the team, he is a credible lawyer with relevant experience. Did he turn down the role or did Trump conclude that he was too honorable to join his team?

  90. "Legal team"? Trump's "legal team" could fill Yankee Stadium twice over. There is never an item about him, in any context, that does not mention lawyers and more lawyers, with the same name seldom appearing twice. He's got a lawyer for every minute of the day. This is a legacy of his "business model" which was to defraud a client and then litigate the matter to death, calculating that the other party would finally throw in the towel. And, they usually did, with the profits outweighing the legal fees. The man has no business acumen at all except for this one tired tactic, which he will seek, unsuccessfully, to apply to Mueller's investigation. On the other hand, singlehandedly, Trump is keeping the moribund legal profession afloat.

  91. Trump is likely hoping these lawyers come up with more consistent explanations for his behavior than Michael Cohen’s explanation that Stormy was paid $130k to keep quiet about an affair she supposedly did not have.

  92. And the mainstream media.

  93. I was reading about the gig economy, but this takes lawyering somewhere else. "They are doing a great job" means less than nothing. Any lawyering for Junior will be a short, fraught and unrewarding gig (welcome to post-truth work!). Hopefully, some are actually there to do something useful ;write a novella ( nothing too involved, like in Wolf Hall), or a gloriously tawdry expose ("Stormy Days"?) or maybe just a cautionary tale for very young children.

  94. decades of money laundering and the hubris to think it would stay out of the public eye after an election

  95. Yes!

  96. @true patriot: Well, at least it explains why he refuses to release his tax information to the public, as honorable presidents do.

  97. You should join Mueller's team. I don't believe he is even investigating money laundering. He could benefit from your inside information. Of course, if you made this all up, he could indict you.

  98. 'Joseph E. diGenova, a longtime Washington lawyer who has appeared regularly on Fox News in recent months to claim that the F.B.I. and the Justice Department had manufactured evidence against Mr. Trump to aid Hillary Clinton.' DiGenova is the legal genius who opined on Hannity: 'The activities of McCabe and others and Bruce Ohr and others were designed to subvert the Constitution and a national election, the most serious offense under our Constitution.' There are three offences under the Constitution: treason; piracy; counterfeiting. By Section 110 of Article III. of the Constitution of the United States, it is declared that: 'Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open Court. The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason.' Many non-lawyers, including shock jocks and conspiracy theorists, delight in conflating treason with subversion. To the ignoramus, they may appear to be the same. Nonetheless, subversion is not the same as treason. Subversion is overthrowing the existing order illicitly. Subversion doesn't require war or the help of enemies. Think of Steerpike trying to subvert the established order in Gormenghast. There was no treason involved. To be clear, therefore, subversion is not an offence under the Constitution.

  99. No innocent man behaves this way. But even if one did, the fact that Trump has refused to take a stand of ANY kind against Russia or Putin while he tries to get Mueller fired says it all.

  100. Out with it! He's a Russian agent pure and simple and backed by the Republican Party.

  101. Here’s the thing: he’s guilty. Makes it much more difficult to devise a winning strategy.

  102. I have two old friends who served as U.S. Attorneys some many years ago. Per the way it goes, each left his position when the administrations responsible for their appointments changed. Our conversations often revolved around legal issues of import, but I was careful to not ask inappropriate questions--though I had to often bite my tongue to keep from doing so--that might have made them uncomfortable in the answering. But, that was many years ago. So, upon hearing that diGenova had joined Trump's small army of lawyers and knowing of his gobsmackingly crazy conspiracy theory about the "brazen plot...to frame Donald Trump of a falsely create crime, I called one of them to ask if he was even a bit dismayed that a man pushing such a notion had once actually served as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia---a right weighty position. His response was as clear and decisive as any he or my other friend had ever offered per one of my questions. Sounding tired and weary, he said, "You have no idea. You just have no idea." 'Nuff said.

  103. I see two reasons why Trump could be abandoning a cooperative strategy. If Mueller's subpoena of the Trump Organization is likely to reveal compromising information, fighting the subpoena would make sense. Trump knows whether he's innocent or not and which evidence is key. If Mueller is breathing down his neck, full cooperation no longer makes sense. On the other hand, Mueller's investigation has gone on for more than a year. His principal strategy has been to indict and flip underlings. The Trump Organization subpoena goes in a new direction. If it is nothing but a dead end Mueller is chasing rainbows. His task is monumental and closing the investigation would be the most difficult step -- there is always another rock to look under. If Trump knows he's innocent, it would be reasonable for him to stonewall Mueller's latest efforts in order to bring the investigation to a close. As for which is the more likely scenario, anybody who thinks they know thinks they know the unknowable.

  104. Starr's Whitewater investigation went on for many, many years. I'm more than willing to give Mr. Mueller at least that long.

  105. Someone should point out to Trump that a large legal team by his side is not an automatic vindication if he is indeed guilty of breaking the law.

  106. I wonder if his "legal team" arrives for work riding in one of those teeny circus cars? And wears funny clothes and carry slap-sticks? But then, who is laughing right now? Mostly, Democrats.........

  107. I aspire always to nonviolence, yet I confess to a recurring daydream: I am Trump lawyer Ty Cobb's granddaddy. I'm throwing a high hard one straight at Trump's head -- in the era where batters wore no helmets. The "beanball" might knock some sense into him.

  108. Jim: Might "knock some sense into him". You must be kidding. trump is not capable of having sense unless it involves cruelty, greed and narcissism. It's only about trump. That's trump's sense.

  109. The article states that “little evidence” supports deGenova’s wild conspiracy theories that the FBI and others have manufactured evidence to exonerate Clinton of something. The more accurate term would be “no evidence.” Don’t give conspiracy theorists even a slim thread with which to destroy the FBI and the rule of law.

  110. The lack of evidence proves the depth and effectiveness of the conspiracy. That should be enough to determine that the conspiracy exists.

  111. Yes, why "little evidence?" It's sensational that there is any evidence at all of such a thing.

  112. Exactly, otherwise these slim threads, like Trump’s birther nonsense, grow, no evidence provided!

  113. Ty Cobb, John Dowd and Jay Sekulow currently in Trump’s legal team will have a hard time putting up with a deep-state conspiracy theorist like Joe DiGenova, who since Jauary had spoken on Fox News and other far-right media outlets, just aiming to lure Trump into hiring him, because Trump likes hiring people who say things in public that he likes. DiGenova surely is experienced lawyer, but what makes him so attractive to Trump is his thoughts on the theory that there is a “secret society” within the intelligence community and the Department of Justice that aim to remove Trump from office.

  114. This man is not fit to be President...and he continues to prove it, almost every day. He was elected because of a fluke, and dirty tricks. Although he won the election in the electoral college, he lost the election by 3 million popular votes, and he will live with that for the rest of his life. And now the rest of us have to hear his crap every day. Hi ego, greed and stupidity, knows no peers.

  115. I'm afraid that if/when Trump fires Mueller/have Mueller fired - and the GOP fails to protect Mueller - the effect will be a civic uprising with the ultimate possibility of a civil war.

  116. Trump is looking for 'yes' people, not legal advice. So those who don't tell Trump what he wants to hear, or who dare tell him when to hold back, are in danger of being marginalized and rejected. Frankly, Trump is not a good prospect as a client. He has cost one lawyer the time and expense of paying hush money to an adult film actress. Trump's counsel have also contorted themselves on television trying to explain and justify the behavior of a pathological liar. Trump rejects professional guidance about not tweeting on his Muslim ban or on members of the Justice Department. When the lawyers have been lawyering up, things are going downhill. Those who abscond Trump's sinking ship are doing themselves a favor.

  117. Most likely the number of lawyers in DJ's life exceeds or will soon do the number of women.

  118. But he doesn't sue his lawyers.........just his sex partners....

  119. I wonder if anyone has ever calculated the gap in time between Trump tweeting about how happy he is with someone and that someone getting fired? I would venture it is constant

  120. It begins to look like the only people functioning at the Trump administration are his lawyers.

  121. Bottom line is Trump doesn't have to fire Mueller. he has to control or replace Rosenstein or Sessions. Once that happens the report will never see the light of day. That's our political system. Trump can be caught stealing money from fort Knox or killing a baby with his bare hands and as long as he has control of the senate and house he is immune to prosecution. Have to wait for the democrats to take both houses.

  122. If he has nothing to hide it almost does not matter who the lawyers are. I trust with Mueller that the truth will come out.

  123. "It’s never a good idea to see legal teams change dramatically and for competent lawyers to be replaced by others,” said Roger Cossack, a longtime legal analyst. “It shows that there is chaos and that whoever the client is — in this case the president — is unhappy and is searching for the magic bullet. " The intuitive gut Donald John hails as his muse is shivering with fear. This muse is whispering to him, Donald there is no 'magic bullet' for; "Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first it is ridiculed, in the second it is opposed, in the third it is regarded as self evident." Arthur Schopenhauer It's over Donald John you have been exposed.

  124. Trump voters' credulity has now been exceeded by Trump's.

  125. “The president reassured Mr. Cobb that he had no plans to fire him”. I’m sure Mr. Cobb is reassured.

  126. He's not going to fire Mueller. He'll fire Sessions and Rosenstein, appoint Nunes as AG, and they'll strangle the investigation: refuse to sign off on subpoenas, curtail each new line of inquiry, and, turn off funding. After 23 years as a detective, I know that once a boss-in-the-courts decides to derail an investigation, it's not that hard to pull off.

  127. Mr. Trump will be in much more trouble if the investigation continues. He needs to stop it even if it is very troublesome to do so. He is trying to control damage.

  128. "Control damage" is what you call obstruction of justice to hide a wide array of felonies?

  129. Or even treason?

  130. Try as Trump will, this won't go away. Apparently, Trump won't be able to either buy his way out of this or settle this out of court like all his other 3200 plus lawsuits. This is no out of pocket expense to Trump anyway. He's using campaign finance to pay his legal team. He has been attending donor events lately, his legal team isn't cheap. What does this add up to for self-described King of Debt?

  131. Ah, the Mercers and Kochs of this world doing mind throwing pennies at his legal team! They will keep everything afloat for as long as possible. It is to their benefit.

  132. I believe in "innocent until proven guilty" but I've never seen anyone, especially a president, act more guilty than Trump right now. The infantile outbursts, the personal attacks, and the flatly insane tweets loaded with name calling and lies, especially about Hillary Clinton, his superior in every way. She calmly endured the GOP's serial investigations because she was innocent. Trump, in turn, is wildly uncomfortable with his guilt. Michael Wolff opens "Fire and Fury" with Trump on election night getting more and more furious that he's winning. He never wanted to win this election. And now we know why.

  133. Trump's "win" was a master stroke by Putin, putting the Donald in a box. His leverage over Trump suddenly became exponentially stronger, Trump's potential exposure on many fronts became astronomically fraught and his beholdeness became potentially fatal. As Trump's monopoly empire crumbles his creditors (guess who) will pick up most of the pieces. The checkmate aspect of this all is our nation starts to crumble along with him unless we take immediate steps to sever him from our process and root out the tentacles of corruption and foreign influence he brought with him. In the house at least, the disease seems to have defeated the cure, for now. Now he's swinging wildly just as the pitches are getting faster and straighter, and all he can do is try to buy a new umpire. Given what we know to date, it seems obvious there is no deep state, if there was they'd have taken him out long ago.

  134. The real question is why on earth are these people waiting to be fired. Surely this team of "top lawyers", all of them "highly experienced" don't need the money? If in fact they are ever paid. Though I imagine that they are sure that a monthly (weekly?) check gets sent to them. Or maybe money order. And MacMaster? Tillerson? Kelly? I get that Sessions is having a lot of fun wrecking havoc going after illegal immigrants and mj smokers which may make it worth taking the slings from the orange one, but why would the rest of them take all that public abuse when they surely have the funds to walk away? And one can only imagine what the private abuse is like. Why???? They once had good reputations - well, except for Sessions.

  135. Umm...they did not really have such stellar reputations. Excepting Mattis and McMaster

  136. Any wagers on whether the outgoing lawyers get paid?

  137. I suspect they've all asked for and gotten sizable retainers up front. What is more important question is where Trump is drawing these funds from.

  138. The sweet nugget in this article is the revelation that many of Washington's top lawyers are 'passing' on joining Trump's legal team. Smart people. One could only wish that the top GOP legislators in Congress would see the same light.

  139. There is no team. Trump's legal "team" is consisting of lawyers who each have different approaches to his defense. Whose strategy Trump will follow all depends on Trump mood.

  140. As the fish tries desperately to wriggle off the hook, Trump thrashes wildly, accusing everyone else of failure, but it isn't going to work. Trump's sordid past is finally catching up to him and Mueller will not be deterred. In the meantime, it is the United States, 350 mill Americans and US allies that are paying the real price. While Trump woefully mismanages America, China seeks every opportunity to displace the US as the global powerhouse. Environmental psychotics like Pruitt foist environmental policy and law changes that affect the entire globe. And if all of that's not enough, now Trump wants to bring back uber hawk Bolton to make sure war is declared and millions die. While I didn't agree with Cohn's policies, replacing him with the media hack Kudlow would be laughable if the consequences weren't so serious. The public should remember Kudlow's infamous denial of the bubble right before the 2008 meltdown. Trump has exposed the worst in mankind. From Evangelicals who condone husband Trump's never ending disregard for the sanctity of marriage, to the miscreant republicans who allow this monstrosity to continue unfettered as long as he lines their lobbyist pockets. We are the Titanic, picking up speed towards certain disaster. Never forget that Trump has the nuclear codes but unlike Nixon, Trump will not go quietly into the night. Trump is the ultimate con man whose achieved a level of corrupted power Al Capone only dreamed of.

  141. And, like Al Capone, it may be his finances that finally do him in. He knows how he amassed his wealth. He knows how much he has amassed and to whom he is indebted. Soon - though not soon enough - the world will know, too. That is his greatest fear. The only thing Trump loves all most as much as himself is money. His wife and children run a distant third. I hope his "brand" is so damaged by his hubris in running for an office he didn't want and for which he was not qualified in any way that he never recovers. I want him to die a pauper ignored and alone. Prison would be the icing on the cake.

  142. trump need to consider reshuffling himself out of the presidency and out of the public eye. The sooner the better. Before someone does it for him, like Mueller.

  143. I think any other president even Nixon would have stepped down by now. Trump treats Mueller investigation like he’s totally insignificant. Maybe he’s gotten away with it all of his life.

  144. Appears to be one more misstep in a suicidal plot to get rid of special counsel Mueller. Even a foreigner like me knows that President Trump has nothing to fear from the Russian collusion investigation, if he is innocent. Let's say there does turn out to be a Deep State, and Mr. Mueller falsely declares your shallow president to be actually Trumpsky, a Russian spy. Even so, Mr. Trump has to be impeached by Congress. The Dems seem set to take the House in November. They may possibly take the Senate as well, given Mr. Trump's increasingly bizarre behaviour. That still does not give them the supermajority needed in that chamber. Unless my understanding is completely incorrect, if Mr. Trump has a clear conscience, he can rest easy. Mr. Trump seems bent on letting people come to the unfortunate conclusion that he has something to hide.

  145. Donald Trump sure doesn't act like someone not guilty of the crimes he's suspected of. If Trump's as innocent as he proclaims to be, why is it so important to him to shut Mr. Mueller and the investigation down?

  146. Let the President speak. Unleash the Trump. He will surely defeat Mueller handily. Knocked off-balance by Trump's power handshake at the start, Mueller will be unable to cope with the President's tortured syntax, repetition, random tangents, and dazzling rhetorical skills. Mueller will be as Silly Putty in Trump's powerful hands. Trump will reprise his victory over Hillary in the debates. Mueller won't know what hit him.

  147. And a man who spends every night in bed eating fast food does not have "powerful hands". I'm assuming that was a joke as well.

  148. This is a joke, right? You can't be serious.

  149. Joseph DiGenova is far too political and ideological to have any credibility as a lawyer defending President Trump. He may have worked as a prosecutor in the past, and he may practice as a lawyer, but these days he is fundamentally a Fox News political commentator, willing to fabricate malicious accusations against the FBI and Special Counsel Mueller and his team if that will serve his political purposes. There's an old lawyer's joke that "If the facts are on your side, pound the facts. If the law is on your side, pound the law, and if neither the facts nor the law are on your side, pound the table." President Trump wants a team of lawyers who will pound the table as hard and as loud as possible. Mr. DiGenova is such a lawyer. He may specialize in political PR, but that does not mean he will be an effective legal professional if and when the time comes to defend a client in a criminal case. President Trump's problem is not his lawyers; he has a talented team of lawyers working for him already. His problem is himself and his own conduct, past and current. Responsibility for his own actions may be catching up with him, slowly but inexorably. He wants someone to make that go away magically, and he is willing to pay lots of money who anyone who claims to know how to do that. The problem, though, is that the facts and the law do not appear to be on his side -- and in the end, pounding the table may not help.

  150. Trump ain't never gonna sit down with either Mueller or Kim, but for opposite reasons. He bamboozled Cobb but now they are stuck with each other. At least for a while longer.

  151. Trump is the type of legal client who doesn't seek or listen to advice, he tells his attorneys what he wants, figuring that is what he is paying them for: to do his bidding - and win at it. If they don't - they are out. I don't know how the reporters know that he "insisted he did nothing wrong" to his attorneys. He's proven in word and deed that does't care a fig about right or wrong; only that whatever he has done cannot be prosecuted as a crime. Publicly, he harps on the collusion: I wonder: privately - does he even allow his own lawyers to ask about financial shenanigans, in which lies the deep dirt?

  152. Decades ago, I was a young litigation attorney who defended other lawyers named as defendants in fraud, securities, and negligence cases. Trump's delusion that he's the best person to run his own defense is going to be his undoing. When you're in the kind of legal jeopardy Mr. Trump is, the dumbest thing you can do is pick lawyers who are telling you what you want to hear- much less, those doing so on cable news. You need a top-notch lawyer (with expertise in the field, and a major firm backing him or her up) who will sober you up with a brutal estimation of the worst possible outcome; then outline and competently execute a defense strategy with the best chance of avoiding that scenario. Then you need to cooperate fully in the plan, keep your mouth shut about the case, take advice, and pay the bills. Mr. Trump sees lawyers- like all other people with expertise- as employees, capos, tools in his arsenal. But he's the big boss, the man with the top IQ, and infallible instincts. I'm going to enjoy watching how his chaos-theory legal defense works out for him, and his future co-defendants.

  153. In short, he is his own lawyer. To quote a great American President: Abraham Lincoln Had It Right - “He who represents himself has a fool for a client”

  154. Stable Genius.

  155. Great comment.

  156. Trump truly has hit the bottom of the barrel. He's down to the mustachioed. At least he admits a crime was committed, but he was framed. He thought there was a sale on Russian dressing or Russians, dressing.

  157. Trump is about to discover that replacing competent legal advisors with sycophants and liars is not a sound legal strategy.

  158. Having never held lawyers as paragons of the truth, I am just stunned at the sheer number of overtly mendacious lawyers flocking to defend our pathetic excuse for a leader. It's appalling to watch these overpriced minions tripping over each other, consumed with greed and power and so willing to toss ethics to the wind as lie after lie falls from their lips.

  159. You quote Mr diGenova and then follow with a purported statement of fact as follows: “Make no mistake about it: A group of F.B.I. and D.O.J. people were trying to frame Donald Trump of a falsely created crime.” Little evidence has emerged to support that theory. Is this statement about "little evidence" supposed to be reporting? Is there actually some evidence, even though it may be "little"? What evidence is there of this made for Fox statement? Or is there no evidence? Is this the kind of simplistic reporting that helped get trump elected in the first place? How about doing some investigatory reporting or just stick to actual facts. If responsible journalists had done some investigating, supported by their employers, before the election everything we are learning now would have been exposed. Instead we got sensationalized stories about trump rallies and his insults. This story is just more of the same.

  160. Trump doesn't want lawyers or any other subject-matter experts; he wants cheerleaders. Too much knowledge makes him ill. Which leads to firing people, much the same way rational people fumigate their homes to get rid of insects. Except that rational people can tell the difference between subject-matter experts and insects.

  161. Trump sold himself as a "successful" businessman as a candidate. Now we are seeing he is using the same tactics that made him so "successful" in his prior iteration- bully the people you don't like, hire aggressive and bombastic lawyers and, if all else fails, declare bankruptcy. And he has demonstrated he is perfectly capable of bankrupting the Office of the Presidency and the stature of the US.

  162. Bring in Joe. He is no nonsense. Time to go on the offense.

  163. LOL. Against what - the Constitution of the United States of America?

  164. Changing the legal team once again and moving to offense in this case translates into an admission of guilt....he may or may not be impeached but smart republicans will be watching carefully and be at least mute and some have already begun to distance themeselves.

  165. Trump is obviously oblivious to the reality that only Mueller has the ability to absolve him of guilt in the minds of the American people. His strategy to discredit Mueller and the FBI only makes his guilt more obvious. Some genius!

  166. All these attorneys are auditioning for the role of Tom Hagan in Trump, the movie.

  167. "The president reassured Mr. Cobb that he had no plans to fire him, ..." If I was Mr. Cobb, I would be shopping my resume around.

  168. Why is Trump afraid of the investigation going forward?

  169. What is the point of all these stories about how Trump might fire so-and-so, no, now he says he won't? Readers are frazzled after more than two years of constant alarmist reporting. And, despite the hundreds of will-he/won't he pieces, nothing has REALLY changed. It's still the same rollercoaster. Trump entices the media with disgusting little tidbits to make everyone pay attention to him. Both he and the media have an interest in keeping this going. We need a new approach: Turn off Trump. Don't feed the beast. Turn of MSNBC. Turn off CNN. Turn off Maggie Haberman - until something beyond the white noise happens - e.g. Trump fires Mueller or it's time for Nov 2018.

  170. It seems obvious to me that the actions of the president need to be aired and commented on; it is also obvious that the president feeds off seeing his name and likeness in the media. The cure: No longer use his name or photo or video representation. All articles should refer to him as "the president," publish no photo with the article, and when shooting video of his actions, focus on the backdrop. If the MSM would totally redact his name and likeness in covering his actions, he would collapse within a week. Buggy as the devil!

  171. I am happy that he is hiring a lawyer who worked on Clinton's impeachment. It shows he knows what's coming.

  172. He's getting ready to fire Mueller, that's why he is bringing on new lawyers of a particular political bent. It doesn't matter if he has the authority to fire, he will just do it. And nobody will do anything about it, lest of all timid souls in congress.

  173. For anyone who wants to see why human beings are slow to develop, they should study the trump presidency. Borderline people with lots of money can become president of the United States and turn, what should be a meaningful, helpful opportunity into a self aggrandizing 3 ring circus. We should never forget that 65 million Americans let this happen. It’s “the reality tv generation”. A very low bar in human development.

  174. One thing I can't fathom is following Trump on Twitter. I'm trying to imagine getting this tweet “I am VERY happy with my lawyers, John Dowd, Ty Cobb and Jay Sekulow” and still following him. Who cares? But, Mueller has been at this since taking over the investigation in May of 2017. One wonders how long Americans will have to endure this investigation and wait for an answer to the really big question - Was Trump involved? Like Trump or hate him, I can't blame him for wanting to see an end to this.

  175. Note that Trump lies constantly and chronically. pretty much any time Trump opens his mouth, you can assume that a lie is about to come out, and most of the time you will be correct! Sure, all politicians lie every once in while, but lying constantly is qualitatively different from lying every once in a while. Currently, it is perfectly legal to lie on the campaign trail but illegal to lie before Congress or before a court of law. The law should be changed so that it is also illegal to lie on the campaign trail. Lying constantly on the campaign trail, makes a mockery of Constitutional Democracy, and it must be prohibited by law.

  176. There is a saying in the legal profession that goes like this: When the law is against you argue the facts; when the facts are against you argue the law and when the law and facts are against you just pound the table to cause confusion and diversion. Trump & his legal team know the facts and the law are against them so now it's all the confusion and diversion and keep on pounding the table!

  177. Even a greater concerted effort to obfuscate the facts, denigrate the prosecutors and muddy up the issues with more conspiracy theories, and still no Congressional concerns really being raised about Cambridge Analytics, their tactics and meetings with Lewandowski and Bannon!

  178. It is obvious to the world from your conduct Mr. Trump that you have plenty to hide; I am willing to bet the house on it. Chances are that sharing your tax returns would have exposed some or all of it. If there if incontrovertible evidence of Russian ties (or any other impeachable offense) the Republicans will turn on you. The real heroes of 2018-19 will be those Republicans brave enough to do so. There is a reason that none of them supported your candidacy until you lied and schemed your way to the nomination. They, like I, think you are a joke.

  179. Why is this man allowed to continue bumbling about creating chaos and besmirching the reputation of America? The election was compromised and the Trump win was aided by dishonesty and cheap tricks. The presidency was achieved through fraudulent means. Trump's 'MAGA' actually means 'Making America Gullible Again'.

  180. Actually MAGA means "(re)Make America's Gilded Age." Government of the Oligarchs, by the Oligarchs for the Oligarchs! The Republican Party needs a new Teddy Roosevelt.

  181. Pasty faced men throughout our nation are living in a fantasy world where they still rule. If they had any sense they would all retire rather than bring further insult to themselves. Perhaps age takes a greater toll on those who cannot see they have outlived their use. The yet undrained swamp is still home to these doddering old creatures and will remain full as long as the man handling the pump can't seem to get his fingers wrapped around the handle.

  182. Hiring Joe DiGenova shows how simple minded Trump is, and how susceptible he is to the nonsense he hears on FAUX News. It reminds me when I was young, and students read Classics Illustrated instead of books. Whoever studied Trump's vocabulary and speech pattern and deemed it that of a 4th grader was spot-on.

  183. A fourth grader who has been held back several times.

  184. Perhaps, for the good of this once great nation, we can remove this bumbling "president" and get on with putting our nation back together again? This entire era has been nothing short of a complete catastrophe.

  185. This is going to end in a irreversibly impeachable action on the part of Trump. We all know it's coming.

  186. Note that Trump lies constantly and chronically. pretty much any time Trump opens his mouth, you can assume that a lie is about to come out, and most of the time you will be correct! Sure, all politicians lie every once in while, but lying constantly is qualitatively different from lying every once in a while. Currently, it is perfectly legal to lie on the campaign trail but illegal to lie before Congress or before a court of law. The law should be changed so that it is also illegal to lie on the campaign trail. Lying constantly on the campaign trail, makes a mockery of Constitutional Democracy, and it must be prohibited by law

  187. So, Trump is reshuffling his legal team...basically akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic...

  188. Is the Constitution still considered a binding document or only one used selectively when expedient? If so, maybe The Trumps and GOP can spend family hour reading the Sixth Amendment and finding ways to bend it to suit their needs. We’re already footing the bill for everything for them anyways including their little golf junkets and world trips to promote their stupid name branding business, I’m surprised they aren’t billing us for legal fees.

  189. deGenova = he wants to try this thing on the air, put deGenova as his pit bull on Fox. He's willing to rend the fabric of the nation further to save his own skin. No pardons, ever, for this man. Maybe he can offer $130,000 to Mueller.

  190. It is very difficult for me to believe that this pathological liar has told anything like the whole truth to his lawyers. He can be convincing, so I also would not be surprised that Ty Cobb, for one, has been fooled. Dowd is as vile as Trump, so He may not care whether he knows the truth or not.

  191. This illegitimate president should add Stormy Daniels' lawyer to his team.

  192. So Trump told Dowd 2 call 4 Mueller 2 b fired. Seems important. Why not the lede?

  193. Dear Donald, Always give your best, never get discouraged, never be petty; always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself. XXXX OOOO p.s. Here's to the future. Cheers!

  194. Well - he hates just about everybody. So how does that work with your theory/equation ?

  195. Telling Trump not to be petty is like telling him not to breathe.

  196. Paraphrasing a paragraph from Richard Nixon's farewell speech to his staff before boarding the helicopter. Interesting.

  197. Frequent reshuffling of the legal team simply reflects anguish and frustration that's unlikely to much change the outcome.

  198. A succession of lawyers like this is a good indicator of an unreasonable and difficult client.

  199. Trump and friends say there was a “brazen plot” to let Hillary off -- such as Trump's brazen dismissal of lock-her-up talk: “That plays great before the election -- now we don't care, right?” "Where's my Roy Cohn?" Disbarred and deceased, that's where.