Trump taps former Florida solicitor general as lead counsel in DOJ investigation

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Former President Trump has hired former Florida Solicitor General Chris Kise to represent him in the criminal case that resulted in the search warrant at his Mar-a-Lago residence, a source familiar has confirmed.

Why is this important: The news comes as questions persisted over who would represent Trump in the Southern District of Florida after a number of criminal defense attorneys said they would not take the job, reports The Washington Post.

Driving the news: Kise, who served on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ (right) transition team, began working with Trump shortly after the FBI raided his Florida home earlier this month, NBC reported news for the first time.

  • Kise is known as a “skilled political knife fighter,” according to NBC News, and he has won numerous cases in the United States Supreme Court and Florida Supreme Court.
  • Kise is leaving his firm, Foley & Lardner, to represent the former president, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The big picture: A number of defense attorneys have rejected the former president’s requests for representation, with some citing the time-consuming nature of the work and others fearing the potential political backlash, according to NBC News.

  • Taylor Budowich, a spokesperson for Trump, defended the quality of the former president’s legal team earlier this month.
  • “President Trump is represented by some of the most powerful lawyers in the land, and any suggestion to the contrary is driven only by envy,” Budowich said, according to the Post.

What to watch: Kise is scheduled to appear for the first time in federal court in West Palm Beach on Thursday as an attorney for Trump, NBC News reports.

Go further… Here’s what we know and don’t know about the Mar-a-Lago investigation

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