- Trump paid $3 million to attorney Christopher M.
- The bond was reportedly paid for through the Save America PAC.
- The competence of Trump’s legal team has been questioned by his advisers and others.
After being turned down by several other lawyers, former President Donald Trump has paid an exceptionally large retainer to a prominent lawyer.
Former Florida attorney general Christopher M. Keese has agreed to an “unusually high” $3 million bond to defend Trump, The New York Times reported on Friday, citing two unnamed sources familiar with the matter.
That figure — paid by Trump’s Save America PAC, according to Politico — makes sense because Trump is notorious for not paying bills, NBC News reported.
It has been reported that the former president has recently been having trouble finding a credible defense lawyer, a problem he has faced in the past.
As Trump faces legal trouble, his advisers and former lawyers have pointed out that the quality of his legal team has deteriorated. Out of pocket, Trump’s former legal team includes “a Florida insurance attorney with no federal case, a former general counsel for a parking garage company and a former propaganda cable host,” MSNBC reported, citing the Washington Post. .
Kiss has appeared before the Supreme Court in four cases and previously worked with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, CNN reported in August after Kiss was confirmed to be a member of the legal team. It deals with both the issue of Trump’s classified documents and the January 6 impeachment.
Keese was tried in 2018 for helping DeSantis become governor after challenger Andrew Gillum disclosed that he bought tickets to see “Hamilton” from an undercover FBI agent, according to a criminal complaint.
While Trump faces several legal battles, his legal team has been at the center of controversy since the 2020 election and the January 6 uprising.
Former Trump lawyer Eric Hershman has questioned the competence of some of the team’s lawyers, The Times reported. Law enforcement officials are investigating two of Trump’s lawyers, M. Evan Corcoran and Christina Bob, for allegedly not having access to the former president’s classified documents, The Times reported.
In August, the FBI’s raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home revealed the seizure of more than 100 classified documents, contrary to Corcoran and Bob’s assertions.
A spokeswoman for Trump did not immediately respond to an internal request for comment.