Daily US Times: Donald Trump, the recent formal president of the US, spent much of his career deploying high-powered lawyers to do his bidding. Now Mr Trump is having trouble finding top-tier help when he might need it most.
Since losing the November election to Democrat Joe Biden, Mr Trump has been hemorrhaging attorneys. Established firms backed away from his baseless claims of widespread voter fraud. Those he did retain made elementary errors in cases that were quickly rejected as meritless.
Mr Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani was ridiculed for his performance before a federal judge during one election-related case.
His legal options contesting the election exhausted, the former US president still needed a team to represent him in his historic second impeachment trial on a charge that he incited the deadly January 6 US Capitol riot.
A team of South Carolina lawyers was retained, then backed out, so Mr Trump was left with a lawyer from Pennsylvania and another from Alabama, giving them only days to prepare.
High-profile clients are typically strong pulls for ambitious lawyers, but Donald Trump’s rocky relationships with his lawyers show the limits of taking on cases with dubious merits. His allegations of voter fraud were rejected by courts, his attorney general and other prominent Republicans.
The impeachment lawyers of Mr Trump started off their defense by misspelling the words “United States” in their brief.
And their initial presentation during the Senate impeachment trial was panned by even some of Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters.