After a new member of Donald Trump’s legal team was allegedly “moved out of the way” while investigating sensitive documents seized from the former president’s Mar-a-Lago home, some legal experts weighed the possible reasons for the postponement .
Legal scholar Laurence Tribe tweeted Tuesday afternoon wondering if Trump had “draged” a $3 million fee he had reportedly agreed to pay Chris Kise.
“Or maybe he never paid Kise in advance?” Stamm added. “Anyway, quitting seems like the only wise move Kise has made since he signed on with Trump.”
Former federal prosecutor and CNN legal analyst Jennifer Rodgers asked if the shift in Kise’s role meant his team expects Trump could soon be indicted in an investigation in Georgia over his actions after the 2020 presidential election.
“It would make sense for Kise, with his state law experience, to lead the defense of the GA case and Trusty to lead the Fed case,” Rodgers said, citing another Trump attorney, James Trusty.
news week reached out to a Trump spokesman for comment and confirmation on the alleged changes regarding Kise.
CNN reported Tuesday, citing two sources familiar with the matter, that Kise had been pulled from the work of the Trump legal team investigating the Mar-a-Lago documents. The report added that Kise, who left a law firm to take the job, should remain on the legal team, although it wasn’t immediately clear why he was no longer leading the work related to the document investigation.
Lawyer and commentator Tristan Snell offered several possible explanations as the reasons and departure itself remain unconfirmed by Trump.
“Trump spent $3 million upfront to bring DeSantis attorney Chris Kise to his legal team for the Mar-a-Lago documents case. Now Kise is no longer on the team. Why?” Snell tweeted. “Because he wouldn’t lie to the court? Because the money didn’t arrive? Because Trump angrily fired him?”
The CNN report did not mention Tribe’s suggestion that Kise might have quit.
It has been less than a month since reports surfaced that Kise had accepted a role on Trump’s legal team. Kise is a former Florida Attorney General and was part of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ transition team. Before joining Trump’s team, he worked for the law firm Foley & Lardner.
Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti tweeted Tuesday that Kise’s alleged sideline in the Mar-a-Lago case shows why Trump “has trouble attracting talented lawyers.”
If it’s true that Kise is barred from the document investigation but remains on Trump’s team, there are several other ongoing investigations that he may be able to help with. These include New York Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation into Trump and his business practices and the related fraud charge, and a House investigation into Trump’s alleged role in the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riots.
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