Lawyers Are Fleeing Trump Because They're Afraid He'll Perjure Himself, Former GOP Official Says

President Donald Trump's legal team is in shambles. He just ousted John Dowd, the lawyer overseeing his defense in the Russia probe. Dowd's expected replacements, Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing, are no longer going to work for the president. Top law firms are reportedly refusing to work for Trump.

This leaves Jay Sekulow in charge of Trump's legal defense, despite the fact that he has little background in criminal law.

David Jolly, a lawyer and former GOP congressman, told MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace that there's a very good reason why highly qualified attorneys don't want to work with Trump.

"It's the two areas that tripped up Bill Clinton: It's obstruction of justice, and it's perjury. We know that this president, if he has not already engaged in them, will engage in them," Jolly said.

"So why can he not hire counsel?" Jolly continued. "An attorney cannot represent a client, in this case, Donald Trump, who is going to perjure himself, lie and defraud a court. And that is what's coming together in the Trump world, and it might be his ultimate unraveling."

Meanwhile, Trump's longtime lawyer and aide Michael Cohen appears to be in a precarious legal situation regarding his payouts to Stormy Daniels, the adult film actor and director who says she had an affair with the president.

Trump is also reportedly considering firing Ty Cobb, one of the members of the White House legal team who has urged cooperation with the Russia investigation.

He may even rehire his one-time lawyer Marc Kasowitz, according to Vanity Fair, who was fired after he sent a threatening email to a stranger that read: "Watch your back, bitch."'

As Trump faces legal threats not just from the Russia investigation but civil suits filed by Daniels and former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos, the president's failure to maintain a competent legal team continues to put him at risk.

Watch the MSNBC clip below:


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