- Trump has no “real” lawyers working with him, a new book about him says.
- The former president asks Mar-a-Lago visitors if they have any recommendations, the book says.
- Trump has several legal threats hanging over him.
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Former President Donald Trump is asking passers-by for legal help as he finds himself in increasing jeopardy, according to a new book.
An excerpt of “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency” by Michael Wolff published by The Times of London Monday describes Trump’s life surrounded by followers at his Florida home of Mar-A-Lago.
In it, Wolff says that as of spring 2021 Trump had no “real” lawyers working with him, “going so far as to ask random visitors if they know any good ones” to help with the many legal threats looming over him.
Insider’s C. Ryan Barber and Tom LoBianco reported in April that, with the big law firms shying away, Trump calls on a stable of lawyers, many of whom were involved in his efforts to challenge the 2020 election result.
Some of the legal threats over Trump have begun to take shape.
On July 1, the Manhattan District Attorney unsealed an indictment against the Trump Organization, alleging 15 felonies including scheming to defraud, conspiracy, grand larceny, tax fraud, and falsifying business records, as Insider’s Sonam Sheth reported.
Trump has not been charged, but the presents a clear problem for him, Sheth reported. Trump and his supporters have dismissed the prosecution as a “witch-hunt,” as Insider’s Tom LoBianco reported. But it’s far from the only legal concern he faces, as Wolff noted.
His call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger in January, begging him to “find” more votes for him so he could win the state could be illegal, Politico reported.
And since the January 6 riot at the Capitol, Trump has been warned that he could face legal consequences for inciting his followers. More than 400 people accused of joining the riot face criminal charges, some of whom have sought to blame Trump in their defenses.
Despite the various threats, Trump has cut off former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Wolff wrote – one of his most loyal legal advisers.
The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.