Fights and Ego: Hindsight with Trump's Legal Team
In the prosecutions against him in his Senate, the attorneys gathered by the former President barely knew each other. In the end it was prevailing, but it was not good.
Last Wednesday afternoon, a long-time Mr Trump advisor, Justin Clark, had announced his arrival in a conference room in a special suite at the Trump hotel in Washington.
Mr. Clark told one of the attorneys, Bruce L. Castor Jr., Mr. Trump didn't want him to be seen on TV in the prosecution, after his widespread show one day earlier.
Castor got up from his chair and started screaming furiously at Mr. Clark, arguing Mr. Trump's mistaken demotation was incorrect. The reverse has been so hot that Mr. Castor has left a huff in the conference room.
Then he excused Mr. Clark later. However, this tense exchange was just one such example of the hasty assembled legal team of Mr Trump – a mash-up of political hands, a former lawyer with personal injury, a long-standing prosecutor, many of whom did not like each other or have any particular trust – challenging, stumbling upon, and consolidating throughout the prosecution under the watchful and sometimes angering eye of the client.
The result was an aircraft with a duct tape as they were attempting to land.
This article draws on conversations with half a dozen attorneys and other people involved in the case and eventually resulted in the acquittal of Mr. Trump.
"We had literally one week and one day for defence, and we had all people that had never met before," said David I, one of the attorneys, Schoen, after he came to the story, in a statement.
Mr. Trump and his assistants attempted to form a legal team the days after the House indicted Mr. Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 riot. Many lawyers who represented him in his past trial showed that this time they would not participate. Other high-end white-collar lawyers feared to work for him due to the political upheaval and fear that Mr. Trump's bill will not be paid.
Mr. Trump revealed that he had recruited a team headed by South Carolina's butch bowers, who defended several famous lawmakers in the state, two weeks before the trial in the Senate was set to start. Soon afterwards, as Mr Schoen said, Mr Schoen, based in Atlanta, was "co-quarterbacks" with Mr Bowers. He is based in Atlanta.
But about ten days before the trial Mr. Bowers and four other lawyers working for Mr. Trump separated him unexpectedly. Mr. Bowers and Mr. Trump had no chemistry and several people who were well-known to the events had told me that Mr. Trump needed a team to bring out his false pretensions of a stolen election. Mr. Schoen contested the account and said Mr. Trump never lobbied him about it.
The team did, however, need more attorneys all of a sudden. Stephan R. Castor, the leading Republican Congressional lawyer, has recommended a former Pennsylvania Public Prosecutor, Bruce L. Castor Jr, to his cousin during the first impeachment of Mr. Trump.
Mr. Schoen figured he would still lead the legal team. However, Mr. Schoen's study states that when he worked in Philadelphia with Mr. Castor and some other attorneys — including a personal injury lawyer named Michael T. They took over the Security, van der Veen—showed up.
"Again, the President said I was going to lead most of the presentation, and to do most," said Mr. Schoen. "He brought his partner Mike to help them, however, with Bruce coming in, along with numerous other attorneys. He started to prepare and delegate positions immediately. My function has been excluded."
Mr. Schoen said he wrongly refused to reverse Mr. Castor's proposal.
"My persona is such that I could not affirm myself comfortably, and I just took the agenda and thought I would do the best I can for any task," said Mr. Schoen. "This has been my error and my weakness."
Mr. Schoen added that he made another error, who said he had a daily contact with Mr. Trump: he did not inform Mr. Trump that Mr. Castor would have a significant public position.
The opening statement on the first day of the trial was already prepared by Mr. Schoen. Managers of the house started the process by presented the interesting video clips of the Capitol Assault on January 6.
Mr. Castor said Mr. Schoen would like to talk to the jury.
"I admired his jumping bravery right inside," said Mr. Schoen. "Sorry, he was very well panned by the media and a number thought the agenda might have to be re-examined."
In an interview, Mr Van der Veen said Mr. Castor had taken measures to speak because he felt it was a way to emotionally lessen the room.
But the meandering, low-energy performance of Mr. Castor made Mr. Trump furious. Among others, the former chairman called Mr. Clark that afternoon to come.
"They don't go on television again," said Mr. Trump, referring to the Senate floor television presentations. He also required Mr. Clark and present claims at the chamber to join the legal team. Mr. Trump. Other advisors said that shaking the defense in the middle of a courtroom was a bad idea to the former president.
However, Mr. Clark told Mr. Van der Veen that he would tell Mr. Castor he will no longer be present.
However, it became apparent that Mr. van der Veen did not relay his message to Mr. Clark on Wednesday afternoon when he arrived at the Trump International Hotel and joined the Party in the Meeting Room of a private Suite at the first floor called the 'townhouse.'
So Mr. Clark has done that, and Mr. Castor has blew up.
Mr. Castor has not responded to a comment search query. But both Mr. van der Veen and Mr. Schoen said that they felt Mr. Castor was pilloried unfairly.
The next thing is the topic of discussion.
Together with the other lawyer Alex Cannon, who worked for the Trump campaign and Trump Organisation, two people involved in this initiative said that they took over the write-out of the scripting that lawyers would use to present, and instructed them not to deviate. Jason Miller, Mr Trump's policy advisor, watched through the scripts that had been completed. The visual presentations were produced by Ory Rinat, a former white house assistant.
The presentations were both dismissed by Mr. Schoen and Mr. van der Veen.
"I am not taking credit for the work of anyone else, nor should they accept it for me," said Mr. van der Veen.
On Thursday night a snack was made: Mr. Schoen had a disagreement with Mr. Miller over which video clips would be played as soon as possible. He stopped shortly, but said he would not attend the next day and sit with other lawyers at the table in the Senate. Mr. Trump's consultants were trying to find out how to take over on Friday, Mr. Castor, whom the client did not want to see.
After they talked, Mr. Schoen said he was going to give his presentation after all. Mr. Trump spoke to Schoen. Although Mr. Schoen was in relations with the former President, he thanked other team members on Friday for Mr. van der Veen's accomplishments as well.
Mr. Schoen said that Mr. Trump was far from a micro-manager, whose mother died a couple of weeks earlier of the coronavirus, and blews a kiss in the sky after his final introduction.
"A few days, I literally called a couple of times to tell me just how much I appreciated it and trusted in it and how much I ought to trust myself," said Mr. Schoen who, on the Saturday because of the Jewish Sabbath, did no Senate proceedings.
But Schoen added that Mr. Trump should have been more aware of who would speak in the courtroom.
"I believe I have let him down," he said. He said.