After Tiring of Every Lawyer in DC, Trump Turns to Wingnut Tom Fitton for Help
September 21, 2022
President Donald Trump’s legal team has burned through roughly six lawyers in the span of just a few months after more than 10 attorneys left the team — including his lead lawyer, John Dowd, who resigned at the end of March. Now, according to The New York Times, Trump is turning to an ally to help him deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller: conservative firebrand Tom Fitton, president of the right-wing watchdog group Judicial Watch. More on Fitton is below.
How did this case get started?
President Donald Trump has repeatedly butted heads with the State Department when it comes to obtaining records from the department. To date, those fights have been limited mostly to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
This week, that changed with the news that he has been seeking legal representation for his fight against the Justice Department in a records kerfuffle. What began as a FOIA request by Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton requesting copies of emails between Lois Lerner and members of Congress about her mistreatment during her tenure at the IRS blossomed into an ongoing battle against President Obama’s White House over email preservation protocols.
What does it mean for the Presidency?
This is yet another bump in the road that this administration has already dealt with. With Republicans having a slim 51-49 majority, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is going to have his hands full. It will be interesting to see if he continues trying to get Republican nominees on the federal bench confirmed or keeps passing legislation that President Trump can’t sign into law (for example legislation on abortion)
This all goes back to the fact that President Trump was able to win by getting 67 million people who were frustrated with politicians who couldn’t break the gridlock. This can be seen through his campaign promise to drain the swamp. Yet it’s clear now that he didn’t quite understand what he was doing when he ran.
How long will it take?
With the Mueller Investigation looking into everything from his finances to what’s been happening at the White House, Trump has plenty on his plate. And then there’s the lawsuit brought by Stormy Daniels which is seeking a deposition from him on a range of topics.
Now that there’s a deposition scheduled and subpoenas are being issued, and with his lawyers appearing more and more dubious day by day – it turns out they were all there just for show – our president’s sanity may be called into question even more than before. With things spiraling so out of control, it seems like anything is possible now.
Trump is never one to back down from a challenge and he was determined to get through this fight by any means necessary.
He decided that it was time for the best of the best and reached out to his old pal Tom Fitton at Judicial Watch for help. From day one Trump knew that there had been an ongoing investigation into his dealings with Russia and he wasn’t going to let anything stop him from finding out just what has been happening behind closed doors over the past few months.
The meeting took place in a swanky hotel near Trump Tower where they discussed how exactly they were going to go about getting these records while covering all their bases.
Are there any other issues surrounding the lawsuit?
Trump first announced the lawsuit on his Twitter account on March 17th. Shortly after, the New York Times obtained copies of the sealed records from filing, which revealed that more than 200 pages are missing from Kavanaugh’s White House tenure. Additionally, Senators Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell requested that those records be unsealed as well.
The Justice Department said they would not comply with Schumer and McConnell’s request because it was not considered an open or closed case- neither Kavanaugh nor Bush had been interviewed by law enforcement or Senate committees yet at the time of their letter. Furthermore, Judiciary Committee member Chris Coons also requested all grand jury information surrounding George W.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Trump has hit a snag with the FBI over a request for certain documents. His counsel initially made the request back in April. When that didn’t work, he fired off another round letter last week requesting an expedited review and pointing out his recent interview with ABC News and Fox News regarding the declassification issue. Accordingly, if this is not promptly resolved, wrote Cohen,
I will have no choice but to file a Legal Action seeking their assistance. Apparently, after sending up a white flag to every lawyer firm between here and Honolulu, Donald turned to wingnut kook Tommy Fitton (founder of Judicial Watch) who helped him draft yet another missive demanding records be handed over post haste or else. Stay tuned!
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