Donald Trump has a long and consistent history of hiring the worst lawyers he can find, and then pursuing an even dumber legal strategy than whatever dumb thing his lawyers told him to do. Trump could get away with this when he was sheltered by the office of the presidency. But now that he’s a private citizen on the verge of criminal indictment for stealing nuclear secrets, the chaotic incompetence of his legal team is becoming a problem for him.
Once it became clear that two of his attorneys were in danger of becoming defendants themselves for having told the DOJ that there were no classified documents at Mar-a-Lago, Trump paid millions of dollars to add Christopher Kise to his legal team. But last week we learned that it had taken less than three full Scaramuccis for Trump to demote Kise. Now WaPo is revealing that it’s because Trump is siding with his existing lawyers over Kise when it comes to strategy. Specifically, Trump’s existing lawyers are pushing for a more “aggressive” strategy than what Kise is recommending.
Given that the “aggressive” strategies used by Trump’s legal team thus far have revolved around a failed special master stunt that ended up giving Trump no real advantage at all, we’re guessing that Kise is urging Trump to stop with these laughable “aggressive” tactics and instead get down to the business of preparing reasonable doubt defenses for the inevitable criminal trial. Trump, whose time since leaving office has been marked by hallucinatory delusions that he can somehow magically get back into office, seems more inclined to take the advice of an attorney who falsely tells him he can “aggressively” fight his way out of this, than an attorney who is acknowledging that Trump is in real trouble.
In any case, it’s now clear that Donald Trump’s legal team is in more disarray than ever. This comes at a time when even a sterling legal team firing on all cylinders would have a difficult time saving Trump. Instead he’s betting the last of his chips on an imaginary hand.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report