As the legal troubles of the Trump administration continue to mount at an insurmountable pace, the President is faced with a surprising but extremely problematic obstacle.
Nobody wants to defend him.
John Dowd, the lead lawyer in charge of defending the president against Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation, abruptly resigned last week over Trump’s inability (or petulant refusal) to take his legal advice, and the President is having some serious trouble finding anyone to replace him.
The reason why was made very clear today when one of the top lawyers who refused the job publicly ripped him on Andrea Mitchell’s MSNBC show, calling out the “chaos” and “turmoil” in the White House as being “not good for anything.”
Ted Olson, the former solicitor general under Pres. George W. Bush, made it clear why he refused the president’s offer to lead his legal team last week.
“I think everybody would agree this is turmoil, it’s chaos, it’s confusion, it’s not good for anything,. We always believe that there should be an orderly process, and of course, government is not clean or orderly ever. But this seems to be beyond normal.”
That much is obvious to anybody who pays even a cursory amount of attention to the news coming from the White House as his staggeringly unqualified team of malignant extremists and avaricious jackals are replaced by a fresh set of ghouls, each one as cruel and stupid as the one before them.
But the refusal of the nation’s top lawyers to join the president’s team is very good news for the rest of us who want to see Trump and his cronies punished for their many, many misdeeds, as it leaves Trump without the expert legal guidance he needs to defend himself.
Would it even be a surprise if this all ends with Trump defending himself in court?