As expected, now that he’s no longer protected by being president, Donald Trump’s legal problems are coming to the fore, with New York Attorney General Letitia James closing in on Trump and his allegedly criminal business dealings over the years.
If that isn’t bad enough, the attorneys representing Trump against charges of tax fraud and other financial crimes just quit on him, according to the Wall Street Journal:
“The law firm that handled the tax affairs of Donald Trump and his company during his presidency said it would stop representing him and his business. The firm, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, is currently wrangling with the New York attorney general’s office over documents related to its work for the former president’s business, the Trump Organization. Led by Democratic Attorney General Letitia James, the office is conducting a civil-fraud probe into Mr. Trump’s financial dealings.
“Morgan Lewis joins other firms that have distanced themselves from Mr. Trump in recent days. After the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Seyfarth Shaw LLP said it had notified the Trump Organization it would no longer represent the company,” the newspaper reported.”
The move by Trump’s former attorneys comes right as AG James is reportedly getting close to handing down indictments against both Trump and the Trump Organization:
“The New York attorney general’s office in August asked a judge to order Morgan Lewis and Ms. Dillon to comply with subpoenas that were part of its civil-fraud probe. The attorney general’s office argued the firm had refused to hand over substantive communications between Ms. Dillon and key Trump Organization employees. Morgan Lewis said the documents in question were protected by attorney-client privilege.”
Now that Morgan Lewis is no longer representing Trump, their assertion of attorney-client privilege is invalid, meaning the firm may be ordered to turn over the subpoenaed documents by a judge. If so, the documentation could shed further light on possible financial irregularities that have allegedly been committed by Trump and his corporation in direct violation of New York law.
The main reason Trump was so terrified of losing the 2020 election had nothing to do with his ego or his inflated sense of entitlement. It had everything to do with trying to keep his crimes hidden for another four years.