Kise joins Evan Corcoran and Jim Trusty in advising Trump on the Florida probe, one of many the former president is facing in multiple locations. His hiring, which was confirmed by three people familiar with Trump’s legal team, was first reported by NBC News.
For Kise’s services, Trump will have to pay himself. A person familiar with the matter confirmed that the Republican National Committee is not paying Trump’s legal fees related to the FBI investigation and the recovery of documents at Mar-a-Lago. It’s a sort of break with the past. The RNC, for example, paid for Trump’s legal costs involving New York Attorney General Tish James’ investigation into the former president’s private businesses. The committee would stop paying Trump’s legal fees if he formally declares his candidacy for president in the 2024 election – a step he has alluded to but has yet to take.
Kise has extensive experience in major trials and appeals and has successfully argued four cases before the Supreme Court. Kise, described as a “staple of Republican politics in Florida”, comes from the firm Foley and Lardner. As of Tuesday morning, Kise was no longer listed on the company’s website.
In addition to being Floria’s top litigant, Kise was the former Florida governor’s attorney. charlie christ and general counsel for the governor transition teams of former Florida Governor Rick Scott and current Governor Ron DeSantis.
Brian Ballard, a top lobbyist and fundraiser for Trump and DeSantis, said Kise was “one of the best lawyers I’ve ever worked with — I think President Trump has a really good lawyer and a very good adviser and a fighter”.
Kise is expected to appear in court representing Trump on Thursday to discuss the former president’s request for a special master to review documents recovered by the FBI during its search for Mar-a-Lago.
Kyle Cheney contributed to this report.