CNN analyst: Trump has been ‘reduced to LegalZoom’ to find lawyers


CNN’s chief legal analyst on Wednesday mocked President Trump, saying he has been “reduced to LegalZoom” to find lawyers to represent him.

“What the president needs is a lawyer with experience in criminal law. He still doesn’t have one,” CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin said during a panel on the network. “It is an extraordinary spectacle to see the president reduced to LegalZoom, I think, to get who’s going to represent him.”

Still, Toobin said he has “no doubt” Trump will find another lawyer, despite issues in adding certain attorneys to his legal team.


“The idea that this extremely prestigious assignment is being turned down because he doesn’t listen to lawyers, he thinks he’s smarter than lawyers, he doesn’t pay lawyers — I mean this is a problem for him,” Toobin said.

His comments come after a report Tuesday that said special counsel Robert Mueller is preparing a report on Trump’s actions during his tenure in office and anything that could be considered obstruction of justice.

Sources told The Washington Post that Mueller relayed the information to Trump’s legal team and emphasized his team’s need to sit down with the president to determine if he had any intent to foil the probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The Post also reported that Mueller told Trump’s lawyers last month he does not consider the president to be a criminal target at this point in his probe.

Trump has repeatedly dismissed the Russia probe as a “witch hunt” and has denied collusion between his campaign and Russia.

John Dowd, the lead attorney on Trump’s personal legal team, resigned last month amid reported disagreements over Trump’s push to sit for an interview as part of Mueller’s investigation.

Former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson indicated last month that he would not join Trump’s legal team, while the White House also said that conflicts would prevent D.C.-based lawyer Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing from joining as well.

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