Four top law firms reportedly rejected White House requests to represent President Trump in the investigation into ties between his administration and Russia.
Several lawyers cited concerns that Trump would make public statements against their legal advice that hurt his position in the investigation., Yahoo News’ Mike Isikoff reported.
“The concerns were, ‘The guy won’t pay and he won’t listen,’” said one source who is described as a “lawyer close to the White House.”
Brendan Sullivan of Williams & Connolly, Ted Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Paul Clement and Mark Filip of Kirkland & Ellis and Robert Giuffra of Sullivan & Cromwell are reportedly among the firms who turned the White House down.
Some lawyers also refused to represent Trump citing possible damage to a firm’s reputation because of his toxic political image at the moment.
“Do I want to be associated with this president and his policies?” the attorney said in explaining the firms’ concerns about working for Trump.
The White House has now been forced to rely on longtime Trump attorney Marc E. Kasowitz to represent Trump in the ongoing Russia probe.