Published On: Mon, Apr 16th, 2018

Trump continues to struggle to find new lawyer for Mueller probe

President Trump is having lawyer problems outside the daily drama produced by his longtime fixer Michael Cohen. 

On Monday, CNN reported that another white collar lawyer had turned down the president’s overtures to join the team handling Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. 

That lawyer, the New York-based Steven Molo, told the network, ‘I regret a current conflict related to the investigation prevents me from representing the President at this time.’  

President Trump, seen today during a roundtable discussion on taxes in Florida, continues to have trouble finding lawyers to join his legal team that is handling work dealing with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe 

President Trump, seen today during a roundtable discussion on taxes in Florida, continues to have trouble finding lawyers to join his legal team that is handling work dealing with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe 

President Trump, seen today during a roundtable discussion on taxes in Florida, continues to have trouble finding lawyers to join his legal team that is handling work dealing with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe 

Had Molo joined he would have been an interesting choice as he’s fought Trump in court before. 

When the president sued Deutsche Bank in 2008 in an effort to get out of paying $40 million on a construction loan, Molo was an attorney for the German investment bank. 

New York-based attorney Steven Molo (pictured) is the most recent attorney to tell President Trump no when sought out for legal services on the Mueller probe 

New York-based attorney Steven Molo (pictured) is the most recent attorney to tell President Trump no when sought out for legal services on the Mueller probe 

New York-based attorney Steven Molo (pictured) is the most recent attorney to tell President Trump no when sought out for legal services on the Mueller probe 

‘He was saying that he had all this money, and everybody else was going to hell in a hand basket, and he’s doing great – and then he filed that lawsuit,’ Molo told Politico in October of 2016 for a story the publication did on the presidential candidate weathering the ’08 crash using ‘bluster and a bizarre lawsuit.’  

In his own words, Molo called the lawsuit ‘kind of telling’ and ‘kind of crazy.’ 

In November 2008, Trump not only argued he shouldn’t have to pay any of the debt he owed Deutsche Bank ‘for a reasonable time thereafter’ the housing crisis ended, but he also argued the German financial institution should pay him $3 billion on account of its ‘predatory lending practices,’ which could harm his ‘first-class luxury’ reputation. 

Molo fought back by using Trump’s own words, Politico wrote. 

He pulled a passage from the businessman’s 2004 book, ‘How to Get Rich,’ and pointed out how Trump said he used the courts to be ‘strategically dramatic.’   

Molo and his team also pointed to Trump’s 2007 book ‘Think Big and Kick Ass,’ in which the real instate investor explained how he’d dupe banks. 

‘I turned it back on the banks and let them accept some of the blame. I figured it was the bank’s problem, not mine,’ Trump wrote. ‘What the hell did I care? I actually told one bank, “I told you you shouldn’t have loaned me money. I told you that goddamn deal was no good.'” 

Banks, the then-businessman continued, ‘are afraid of getting sued.’  

The case was settled out of court.    

As it stands, President Trump has attorneys Jay Sekulow, working outside the White House, and Ty Cobb, working from inside the White House, on the Mueller probe. 

His other Mueller-focused attorney, John Dowd, resigned in mid-March, over disagreements in strategy. 

A number of other attorneys didn’t work out, including GOP super-lawyer Theodore Olson, who hinted that he had declined such work, as well as husband-and-wife team Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing. 

A senior administration official had told Politico that they looked disheveled during their meeting with Trump, and so the president changed his mind. 

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has telegraphed through the media that he thought the president was being ill-served by his current legal team, telling the Washington Post last week that he thought Trump should fire Cobb. 

Instead the president sent out a tweet, which hinted that Bannon – who irritated Trump for the role he played in Michael Wolff’s ‘Fire and Fury’ book – is still in the political dog house. 

‘I have agreed with the historically cooperative, disciplined approach that we have engaged in with Robert Mueller (Unlike the Clintons!),’ Trump tweeted. ‘I have full confidence in Ty Cobb, my Special Counsel, and have been fully advised throughout each phase of this process.’ 

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