Several attorneys who previously defended Donald Trump and his personal assistants reportedly turned down recent requests from the former president.
A source said CNN In an article published Wednesday that Trump had approached four former attorneys for help in recent weeks but was unable to recruit them.
Among the figures is William Burk, who worked for Trump’s aides during the Russia investigation. He also represented Steve Bannon, a former White House aide.
Burk was reportedly disheartened by how “toxic” Trump’s situation had become after the presidency, while several others alleged that there was a reputation that lawyers were not being paid properly.
It comes as several of Trump’s former associates face subpoenas from a House Select Committee investigating the January Capitol riots, which Trump has called “harassment subpoenas.”
The former president ordered all four to refuse to comply with the subpoenas, sparking a possible legal battle and the U.S. marshals were tasked with forcing people like Bannon to appear, a committee member warned Wednesday.
In addition to Bannon, the subpoenaed aides are Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, a deputy chief of staff, Dan Scavino, and Kash Patel, a former defense department official.
A fifth individual and former defense attorney, Jeffrey Clark, received a subpoena from the committee Wednesday.
In a statement to CNN, the former president’s office did not accept that he had asked Mr. Burck to represent him and even said that he did not know who he was.
“I don’t even know who they are, they are just looking for publicity,” he allegedly said. “I am using attorneys who have been with us from the beginning.”
“I pay my lawyers when they do a good job,” Trump added.
Trump was reportedly considering using executive privilege to fight subpoenas for documents and records related to January 6, though the White House has so far refused to allow it.
The News Logics He has approached the former president for comment.