Tuesday, February 2, 2021

More news on why Trump's lawyers quit over the weekend: money

As I am sure you know by now, the five lawyers who had originally agreed to represent Trump in his upcoming impeachment trial quit over the weekend.  (See here.)  Initial reports indicated that they did so because they disagreed with what Trump asked them to do (argue the case based on allegations of voter fraud and that the election was "stolen" from him).  But new reports claim that this disagreement was not the only reason for the attorneys' withdrawal.

Axios is reporting today that Trump argued with one of the leading lawyers over fees, which Trump thought were too high.  In all fairness, this is a common complaint among clients, so it is not an unusual claim.  But it is a little unusual that the lawyers had already agreed to represent the client before finalizing the agreement about fees.  Business Insider has a little more on the story.

According to the report, Trump was initially open to paying $250,000 individually to the lawyer in question but balked after being presented with a total price — including "more lawyers, researchers, and other legal fees" — of $3 million.  Reportedly the parties agreed to lower the fee to $1 million, but evidently that did not prevent the lawyers from walking away.

Trump quickly announced had obtained a new team of lawyers (see here) and now I am curious how much he is paying them.

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