04 Mar, 2024
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Former prosecutors mock Trump’s attorneys and say they may need to hire their own lawyers amid continued Mar-a-Lago fallout

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Former President Donald Trump on August 6 in Dallas.Brandon Bell/Getty Images

  • Legal experts panned Trump’s lawyers as they grappled with the fallout from the Mar-a-Lago raid.

  • One former prosecutor said they’re “either completely incompetent or out of their depth.”

  • Experts also called the Trump team’s latest lawsuit a “crazy document” and a PR stunt.

Legal experts and former prosecutors are panning former President Donald Trump’s team of lawyers as it continues grappling with the fallout from the FBI’s unprecedented Mar-a-Lago raid.

“They appear to be either completely incompetent or out of their depth,” Renato Mariotti, a former longtime federal prosecutor, told Insider. “That’s part of the reason why the former president has trouble finding lawyers: Because he demands that they file documents and take positions that have no legal support whatsoever.”

This week’s mockery of Trump’s legal team came after it filed a lawsuit Monday requesting the appointment of a special master to shift out potentially privileged materials in the Mar-a-Lago search earlier this month.

The raid came after months of back-and-forth between Trump’s lawyers and Justice Department officials trying to recover boxes of government documents, some highly classified, that were improperly moved from the White House to Mar-a-Lago after Trump left office.

According to the FBI’s search warrant authorizing the raid, investigators are examining whether Trump violated three federal laws, including the Espionage Act, by moving and then refusing to return the records to the National Archives and Records Administration.

One attorney familiar with the Trump team’s thought process expressed skepticism that the former president’s lawyers were equipped to handle a case like this, adding that Trump’s main focus appeared to be on waging a public-relations war against the Justice Department.

“He’s a big believer of the public-relations assault, which I’ve never seen work,” the lawyer told

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