Trump Forced To Abandon Russia ‘War Room’ After Top Law Firms Tell Him To Go F*ck Himself | THE POLITICUS

Trump Forced To Abandon Russia ‘War Room’ After Top Law Firms Tell Him To Go F*ck Himself

Donald Trump’s plan to wage war from inside the White House against the ever-growing Russia scandal investigation just took an embarrassing turn.

For weeks, Trump has been looking for top attorneys to work in a special “war room” within the White House to address the Russia probe. As recently fired FBI Director James Comey gets set to testify in Congress about communications he and Trump had about the Russia scandal, Trump has been forced to abandon the idea of a “war room” due to the fact that four of America’s top law firms want nothing to do with him.

According to , “the most high-profile names in the legal profession, including Brendan Sullivan of Williams & Connolly; Ted Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Paul Clement and Mark Filip of Kirkland & Ellis; and Robert Giuffra of Sullivan & Cromwell,” rejected Trump’s request that they represent him during the investigation.

Isikoff’s sources say that these top firms declined mostly because they don’t want to be associated with Trump and his policies.

Indeed, such association would damage reputations in the legal world as potential clients and future employees could decide that these firms are tainted.

But that’s not the only reason. These law firms also rejected the requests because Trump has a history of not paying people who work for him and he refuses to listen to legal advice. In other words, why should these lawyers give Trump free advice that he’s not even going to consider?

The concerns were, ‘The guy won’t pay and he won’t listen,’” said one lawyer close to the White House who is familiar with some of the discussions between the firms and the administration, as well as deliberations within the firms themselves.

The rejections are the chief reason why Trump has decided to abandon the “war room” idea.

“If it exists, it won’t be here,” a White House official . “It would most likely be outside the White House.”

And now, the responsibility of leading the legal defense falls to Marc Kasowitz, who has represented Trump before in lawsuits against him and his businesses and in his divorce proceedings.

Instead of using the White House as the base of operations, Kasowitz will be creating an outside operation. But while Kasowitz has defended Trump before, he has little experience in the legal arena he is entering now. Kasowitz is used to defending Trump by making threats and settling lawsuits for cash.

Now he has to actually prove that Trump is totally innocent of the charges that he and his aides colluded with Russia to fix the 2016 Election.

Kasowitz’s job is even harder because Trump constantly opens his mouth or logs onto Twitter to rant about the election and the Russia investigation. And on many occasions, Trump has contradicted himself or his own people and made the situation worse for himself, such as when he directly threatened Comey that he would release tapes of their discussions. Now we know that tapes exist and that spells big trouble for Trump since tapes are also what brought Richard Nixon down during the Watergate scandal.

Make no mistake, this is a major blow to Trump’s effort to derail the Russia investigation. It’s also very embarrassing because it’s not often that law firms tell a president to go to hell. Most law firms would say that working for the president is a badge of honor. The fact that these law firms won’t makes it clear that Trump is poison.


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