Trump’s Attorney Abandons Him

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( – Only days after former President Donald Trump’s attorney, Jim Trusty, withdraws from representing Trump in his federal case connected to the classified documents found in his possession, he also withdrew from Trump’s defamation suit against CNN.

On Friday in a court filing, Trust stated that due to “irreconcilable differences” he would no longer be able to represent Trump in the case. Trump is seeking $475 million in punitive damages from CNN, claiming that the cable network had been part of a smear campaign focused on ensuring that Trump would be politically defeated.

In the filing, Trusty has added that his withdrawal at this time is not going to have any negative effects on this case, as oral arguments on CNN’s motion to dismiss have not yet been scheduled. He also points out that currently there are no pending deadlines, and that discovery is not yet underway. Trusty’s co-counsel, Lindsey Halligan would continue to serve Trump in this case.

The federal judge overseeing this case approved of Trusty’s withdrawal.
Trusty had also previously represented Trump in the Department of Justice’s case brought forth by special counsel Jack Smith connected to former President Donald Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents since leaving the White House in 2021. Trusty withdrew from that case only one day after the grand jury returned the indictment which included 37 federal counts that were filed against Trump.

Trusty had made a media appearance only hours before his withdrawal defending former President Donald Trump against this indictment.

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