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Trump scrambles to find lawyer on eve of first federal court appearance

By Spencer S. Hsu, David Ovalle, Jacqueline Alemany and Josh Dawsey

13 Jun 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. Donald Trump is scrambling to find a qualified Florida lawyer to join his defense team as he faces the Justice Department's first prosecution of a former president.

Donald Trump spent the day before his historic appearance in federal court scrambling to find a qualified Florida lawyer willing to join his defense team as he faces the Justice Department's first prosecution of a former president.

After touching down in Miami on Monday, Trump spent the afternoon interviewing prospective lawyers and meeting with his legal team, along with other top advisers, to discuss the case, in which he is accused of mishandling classified documents and obstructing the government's efforts to retrieve them, according to people familiar with the sessions. Several prominent Florida attorneys declined to take Trump on as a client after two of the key lawyers handling the documents matter - Jim Trusty and John Rowley - resigned last week, according to people familiar with the matter.

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