Two more of Donald Trump’s lawyers are in serious trouble
Donald Trump’s former longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen is set to report to prison next month, partly for crimes he committed at Trump’s instruction. Donald Trump’s current criminal defense attorney Rudy Giuliani appears to be in significant legal trouble for his role in the criminal conspiracy to rig the 2016 election. It’s not exactly the best precedent. Now two more of Trump’s attorneys are in big trouble for things they’ve done on his behalf.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings says that two of Donald Trump’s attorneys provided false information to government ethics officials in an attempt at covering up Trump’s crimes. The attorneys claimed that the payments were for a Michael Cohen “kitchen remodel” when they were in fact for the purpose of illegally silencing Trump’s mistresses during the election. So why is this a big deal?
For starters, these two attorneys are going to be investigated thoroughly for this. If it can be proven that they knowingly lied, they could be disbarred for it at the least, and could potentially face felony obstruction of justice charges, which could leave them with no choice but to cut plea deals against Trump. But that’s just the half of it.
Attorney-client privilege goes out the window if the attorney and client conspire to commit crimes together, so it’s possible that both these attorneys could testify about these crimes as part of a plea deal. But of the two attorneys involved works for the White House Counsel’s office, which means he’s not really Trump’s attorney, meaning he can (and likely will) be compelled to testify about every conversation he’s ever had about Trump, with or without a plea deal. Michael Cohen already flipped on Trump; how many more of his attorneys will end up doing the same?
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report