Former Trump Attorney Issues Stark Warning “Absolutely Possible” for Ex-President to be Found Guilty in Federal Trials

by Jessica

Joe Tacopina, former attorney for Donald Trump, has expressed pessimism about his ex-client’s legal prospects, suggesting that it is “absolutely possible” for Trump to be found guilty in one of his federal criminal trials. The negative forecast comes ahead of E. Jean Carroll’s second defamation trial, where Tacopina announced he would no longer be defending Trump on all matters. According to Fox News

Tacopina submitted requests to remove his legal practice from both the appeal of the first Carroll trial’s verdict and Trump’s criminal prosecution in New York, one day before the commencement of the second Carroll trial. In an interview with MSNBC’s Al Sharpton, Tacopina criticized other former Trump attorneys for debating and criticizing the former president on television, deeming it inappropriate.

Addressing the severity of some of Trump’s federal lawsuits, Tacopina emphasized that they should not be taken lightly. Responding to Sharpton’s question about the possibility of Trump being found guilty, Tacopina stated, “Oh, is it possible? Absolutely.” He pointed out the seriousness of the cases, emphasizing the involvement of a jury of 12 individuals.

Trump is facing four felonies in the Washington, D.C. case launched by Special Counsel Jack Smith, who alleges that Trump participated in a scheme to defraud the United States, attempting to prevent the certification of President Biden’s votes on January 6, 2021. Smith is also handling Trump’s defense in a case related to the mishandling of secret documents at his Mar-a-Lago residence. Trump has pleaded not guilty in both cases.

When questioned by Sharpton about the legitimacy of the cases versus political motivations, Tacopina acknowledged a political aspect but affirmed the validity of the grand jury’s indictment. Despite representing Trump in the hush money case and an appeal related to a civil complaint by E. Jean Carroll, Tacopina expressed the challenges posed by trial locations in New York City, Washington, and Atlanta, describing them as “not particularly big Trump venues.” He cautioned against assuming Trump’s acquittal and stressed the need to grapple with the potential for conviction.

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