June 12, 2023: Two lawyers who represented Donald Trump the months before the retired President was indicted on federal charges over his handling of classified documents quit working for him Friday morning.
Trusty and Rowley also expressed they would no longer represent Trump in a pending federal criminal probe into his efforts to overturn his loss in the election to President Joe Biden in 2020.
Trusty had made multiple impressions on television news shows on Thursday and Friday to examine the indictment of Trump in his capacity as his lawyer.
He said he would now be represented by Todd Blanche, a New York lawyer representing him in another criminal case in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Trump is charged there in a state grand jury indictment with falsifying business records linked to a hush cash payment to porn star Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 presidential election.
He has pleaded not guilty in that case.
“We will be announcing additional lawyers in the coming days,” wrote Trump, who is due to appear in Miami court on Thursday’s indictment charging him with several crimes.
Trump is charged over his retention of hundreds of classified government documents at his residence at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, after he left the White House, as well as with obstruction for his failure to produce those records in the face of demands from U.S. officials.
Trusty and Rowley wrote in a joint statement: “This morning, we tendered our resignations as counsel to President Trump, and we will no longer represent him on either the indicted case or the January 6 investigation.”
“It has been an honor to have spent the previous year defending him, and we know he will be vindicated in his battle against the Biden Administration’s partisan weaponization of the American justice system,” the attorneys said.
“Now that the case controls have been filed in Miami, this is a logical moment for us to step aside and let others carry the cases through to completion,” they documented. “We have no plans to hold media appearances that address our withdrawals or any other confidential communications we’ve had with the President or his legal team.”