Donald Trump has always counted on his army of lawyers to get out of trouble and get his way….
Being President has NOT changed things one bit, even he’s fighting Congress and the FBI….
To keep hidden the details of his long-clandestine finances, Donald Trump has been waging a legal war wildly unusual for a commander in chief. He and his allies and associated business entities have sued two big banks he did business with plus Trump’s own accounting firm as well as the Democratic chairman of the congressional oversight committee. So far, federal judges have rejected these lawsuits, and Trump’s attorneys have appealed to keep the cases going.
These tactics, testing the limits of the separation of powers that underpin the government of this country, have been called “outlandish” in Congress. To those, though, who have followed Trump’s career, they’re nothing if not predictable. For nearly half a century, Trump, 72, has used lawsuits as cudgels and prods and publicity stunts. He and his wingmen have used them, or threats of them, to harass, to deflect and delay, to punish opponents and protect his brand, his money, his image, himself. Even in the face of losses, he has used them to find a way to wins.
The difference now is that Trump’s legal arsenal includes not just an array of personal attorneys but the vast resources of the Department of Justice—which at times he has hoped would serve the same role as his most bare-knuckled advocates. He is fighting personal legal battles that have ramifications today and potentially well into the future for the nation’s most important public office. Apples-to-apples numbers on this front are hard to come by, according to experts on the presidency and the judiciary, but scholars are confident in stating that Trump (with the possible exception of Richard Nixon) is unique in this regard. “I know of no president who was so openly combative and willing to sue and be sued,” said presidential historian Robert Dallek, who is working on a book called How Did We Get Here: From TR to Donald Trump….
The people who have known him the longest are not surprised in the least. “He sues,” said Barbara Res, the Trump Tower construction manager and a former executive vice president of the Trump Organization. “That’s his M.O. He sues.”….
image….AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler