Former Trump Attorney Predicts Legal Peril Possibility of Guilt in Federal Trials Looms

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Joe Tacopina, former attorney to Donald Trump, has offered a bleak outlook on his ex-client’s legal prospects, suggesting it’s “absolutely possible” that Trump may be found guilty in one of his federal criminal trials. A day before the start of the second defamation trial involving E. Jean Carroll, Tacopina announced his withdrawal from representing Trump in all matters. He filed requests to disassociate his legal practice from both the appeal of the first Carroll trial and Trump’s criminal prosecution in New York. According to Fox News

Speaking on MSNBC’s Al Sharpton, Tacopina expressed discomfort with former Trump attorneys discussing and criticizing the ex-president on television. He emphasized the gravity of some federal lawsuits against Trump, labeling them as “serious” and not to be taken lightly.

In response to Sharpton’s inquiry about the possibility of Trump being found guilty, Tacopina acknowledged the potential, pointing to the serious nature of the federal cases and the involvement of a jury. Trump faces four felonies in a Washington, D.C. case led by Special Counsel Jack Smith, accusing him of participating in a scheme to defraud the United States and obstruct the certification of President Biden’s votes on January 6, 2021. Smith is also handling Trump’s defense concerning the mishandling of secret documents at Mar-a-Lago. In both cases, Trump has pleaded not guilty.

When questioned about the validity of the cases and whether they were driven by politics, Tacopina admitted to a political aspect but affirmed the grand jury’s indictment and the necessity for Trump to face a jury in Washington, D.C.

Before his withdrawal, Tacopina represented Trump in the hush money case and the appeal of a civil complaint alleging sexual abuse by E. Jean Carroll. Tacopina noted the challenge of trial locations in New York City, Washington, and Atlanta, suggesting they are not particularly favorable for Trump and cautioning against prematurely dismissing the possibility of conviction.

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