Trump reshuffles his legal staff in the documents case following indictment

 June 9, 2023

A day after being indicted by the Justice Department, former President Trump announced on Friday a significant change to his legal team representing him in the case of whether he mishandled classified documents.

Trump announced on Truth Social that he will be represented in the future by attorney Todd Blanche "and a firm to be named later." He stated that attorneys Jim Trusty and John Rowley will no longer represent Trump in court, as The Hill reported.

“I want to thank Jim Trusty and John Rowley for their work, but they were up against a very dishonest, corrupt, evil, and ‘sick’ group of people, the likes of which has not been seen before,” Trump wrote.

“We will be announcing additional lawyers in the coming days. When will Joe Biden be Indicted for his many crimes against our Nation? MAGA!”

Trusty's Recent Comments

Thursday evening, Trusty appeared on CNN to discuss the case, and Friday morning, he appeared on NBC's "Today" show to discuss the indictment.

In a joint statement titled "OUR DECISION" issued immediately after Trump's announcement, the two attorneys stated that they would no longer represent the former president in any Special Counsel investigation.

“This morning we tendered our resignations as counsel to President Trump, and we will no longer represent him on either the indicted case or the January 6 investigation.

"It has been an honor to have spent the last year defending him, and we know he will be vindicated in his battle against the Biden Administration’s partisan weaponization of the American justice system,” they wrote.

“Now that the case has been filed in Miami, this is a logical moment for us to step aside and let others carry the cases through to completion. We have no plans to hold media appearances that address our withdrawals or any other confidential communications we’ve had with the president or his legal team.”

Trump's Legal Issues

This decision comes just weeks after another Trump attorney, Tim Parlatore, departed the team working on the Mar-a-Lago case, citing problems with the team's internal dynamics.

Parlatore subsequently attributed interference in the case to Trump associate Boris Epshteyn.

“As I said at the time, it had nothing to do with the case itself or the client. There are certain individuals that made defending the president much harder than it needed to be,” Parlatore said at the time.

Trump is presently represented by Blanche in a New York prosecution involving payments of hush money to pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels. The New York-based attorney previously worked in Manhattan as an assistant U.S. attorney.

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