Donald Trump is reportedly having a difficult time finding lawyers to represent him partly because they wish to be paid, Recent York Times political reporter Maggie Haberman sniped Sunday.
“You’re seeing many fewer lawyers who’re willing to exit and speak for him and/or hitch their wagon [to him] and possibly not receives a commission — which is an enormous thing,” Haberman told host Abby Phillip on CNN’s “Inside Politics.”
Trump has a repute for ignoring or litigating bills for various services.
He reportedly did not pay Rudy Giuliani despite his years of labor on Trump’s behalf.
Giuliani associate Maria Ryan reportedly pleaded in a letter intended for Trump to pay him. She submitted a bill for $2.5 million to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows for Giuliani’s services, based on an upcoming book by journalist Andrew Kirtzman, “Giuliani: The Rise and Tragic Fall of America’s Mayor.”
The letter was intercepted by a Giuliani adviser before it reached Trump.
Lack of payment shouldn’t be the one thing scaring off attorneys.
Lawyer Alan Dershowitz, a champion of Trump who defended him in his first impeachment trial, told Business Insider that almost all reputable law firms are fearful that a relationship with Trump now will scare off other businesses.
“The firms won’t allow them to go near any case involving Trump. These are firms that wish to proceed to have clients, and so they know that in the event that they represent Donald Trump, they’ll lose a whole lot of clients,” he told Insider.
Haberman also said Trump is a difficult client.
“He doesn’t prefer to take heed to his lawyers,” she explained. “The indisputable fact that it takes an enormous effort to get him to accomplish that by his lawyers all the time. That is an ongoing story we’ve been watching — frankly not only since he became president, but well before, going back to when he was advised by Roy Cohn many a long time ago,” she added.
One attorney told Insider last week that Trump “likes to run the show, and because the old saying goes, in the event you represent yourself, you’ve got a idiot for a client.”
He added that Trump is a “big believer within the public-relations assault, which I’ve never seen work.”
A Washington Post column noted last week that Trump was scrambling to seek out good attorneys within the wake of the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago. He posted on Truth Social that it was “fake news,” adding: “I have already got excellent and experienced lawyers — am very comfortable with them.”
Take a look at Haberman’s interview within the CNN clip above. Her comments about Trump and lawyers begin at 5:10.