Trump Hires a “Knife Fighter” Lawyer to Fight His Mar-a-Lago Case

Trump Hires ‘Knife Fighter’ Lawyer To Fight His Mar-a-Lago Case: Ex-President Gets Florida’s Former Attorney General To Represent Him In Mar-a-Lago Raid Case

  • Trump has hired former Florida Attorney General Chris Kise
  • Kise advised Ron DeSantis and former Gov. Rick Scott during the transition
  • The DOJ is responding today to the judge’s “interim” order to issue a special master
  • Kise has argued and won cases in the US and Florida Supreme Courts

Former President Donald Trump is bolstering his legal team as he engages in a long battle against the government over documents the FBI seized in its raid on Mar-a-Lago earlier this month.

The former president, who spent Tuesday in a tweet storm attacking the FBI after calling for a rerun of the 2020 election, has hired Chris Kise, a former Florida attorney general.

Kise advised Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis during his transition, a role he also filled for former Gov. Rick Scott.

Former President Donald Trump has hired Chris Kise, a former Florida Attorney General, to join his legal team

Former President Donald Trump has hired Chris Kise, a former Florida Attorney General, to join his legal team

SeDantis is seen as Trump’s top potential rival for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

News of the hiring, first reported by NBC, comes as the Justice Department prepares to file a lengthy legal opinion blasting Trump’s push for a “special foreman” to defend his claims to executive privileges over 15 boxes of documents, From which he has returned to sort out his private club in Florida.

The network reported that the newest member of Trump’s legal team has developed a “reputation as a seasoned political knifeman.”

The hiring comes after U.S. District Judge Eileen Cannon signaled her “tentative intention” over the weekend to grant Trump’s request for a special master.

Former President Donald Trump has hired a new attorney as he fights off a federal investigation that led to FBI agents searching Mar-a-Lago

Former President Donald Trump has hired a new attorney as he fights off a federal investigation that led to FBI agents searching Mar-a-Lago

Trump attorney Evan Corcoran exchanged letters with National Archives officials about documents

Trump attorney Evan Corcoran exchanged letters with National Archives officials about documents

Trump attorney Jim Trusty on Monday night minimized the preservation of government-held documents, likening them to an overdue library book

Trump attorney Jim Trusty on Monday night minimized the preservation of government-held documents, likening them to an overdue library book

The DOJ lined up Tuesday to file a fierce response after submitting an unopposed motion Monday night to double the usual length of its response to 40 pages.

The additional length was sought to “appropriately address the legal and factual issues raised by Trump’s team.”

That comes as some legal experts seized upon the request made by Trump’s current legal team in his lawsuit, arguing that there isn’t much president for a third party to sort through a former president’s claim to executive privileges.

Trump has repeatedly attacked the FBI for the Mar-a-Lago raid

Trump has repeatedly attacked the FBI for the Mar-a-Lago raid

The National Archives, in correspondence with Trump’s attorneys, has made it clear that it believes the privilege rests with the current President, President Biden.

The government says in a filing that a “filtering team” of FBI agents poring over 15 boxes of confiscated Mar-a-Lago materials has already completed its review of material that may affect attorney-client privilege.

Judge Cannon also asked the Justice Department to provide a more detailed account of what was stolen from Mar-a-Lago, which the government had announced.

The DOJ is conducting an investigation into possible violations of the Espionage Act. The law regulates the removal and storage of classified information after agents stole hundreds of pages of classified information located at Mar-a-Lago.

There is evidence that investigators are also looking for a possible obstruction after government attorneys asked Trump to return documents and then subpoenaed them before agents showed up at Mar-a-Lago while Trump was absent.

Trump has repeatedly attacked the search as politically motivated, and his attorney Jim Trusty on Monday night minimized the government’s retention of documents.

He pointed to the request, revealed in correspondence unsealed by another judge, that the government made during a visit in June to better seal a storage room where documents are kept.

Trusty said there was a “chronology of collaboration” and narrated Fox News it showed a president who was “accommodating.”

‘The advice [DOJ] came out five days later: “Hey, please put a lock on the door.” I mean, this isn’t the stuff of an urgent nuclear espionage investigation. This is the stuff of an overdue library book.”

Trump has gone through a string of attorneys since running for the White House and winning.

Kise has argued and won cases in the US and Florida Supreme Courts.

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