Donald Trump is reportedly struggling to find lawyers to represent him in part because they want to be paid, New York Times political reporter Maggie Haberman blasted Sunday.
“You see far fewer lawyers who are willing to come out and speak for him and/or hitchhike [to him] and maybe not get paid — which is a great thing,” Haberman told host Abby Phillip on CNN’s “Inside Politics.”
Trump has a reputation for ignoring or pleading bills for various departments.
He allegedly failed to pay Rudy Giuliani despite his years of working on Trump’s behalf.
Giuliani’s associate, Maria Ryan, reportedly pleaded in a letter for Trump to pay him. She submitted a $2.5 million bill to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows for Giuliani’s services, according to a forthcoming 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 isn’t the only thing that scares lawyers.
Attorney Alan Dershowitz, a Trump champion who defended him in his first impeachment trial, told Business Insider that most reputable law firms are concerned that a relationship with Trump now scares people. other companies.
“Companies won’t let them anywhere near a case involving Trump. These are companies that want to continue to have customers, and they know that if they represent Donald Trump, they will lose a lot of customers,” he told Insider.
Haberman also said Trump was a tough customer.
“He doesn’t like to listen to his lawyers,” she explained. “The fact that it still takes a huge effort for him to do that by his lawyers. It’s an ongoing story that we’ve been watching – frankly not just since he became president, but long before, going back to when he was advised by Roy Cohn decades ago,” he said. she adds.
A lawyer told Insider last week that Trump “likes to run the show, and as the old saying goes, if you’re representing yourself, you’ve got a jerk for a client.”
He added that Trump is “a big proponent of the PR assault, which I’ve never seen work.”
A Washington Post column noted last week that Trump was scrambling to find good lawyers following the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago. He posted on Truth Social that it was “fake news”, adding: “I already have excellent experienced lawyers – very happy with them.”
Check out Haberman’s interview in the CNN clip above. His comments on Trump and lawyers begin at 5:10 a.m.