Donald Trump’s lawyers realise charges against him are ‘real and serious’, says former US attorney

Donald Trump’s lawyers understand that obstruction of justice charges against the President are “real and serious”, a former US Attorney has said.

In addition to four congressional investigations, the US President and his 2016 campaign are under investigation by special counsel and former FBI director Robert Mueller, over claims they colluded with Russia.

Mr Trump’s lawyers have met several times with Mr Mueller over recent months and have submitted detailed memos refuting the allegations.

And Former US Attorney Preet Bharara said the fact the President’s legal representatives had given written responses to the claims showed they recognised their significance.

“There may never be any charges, but defense lawyers don’t usu waste time on preemptive memos re: frivolous theories of criminal guilt,” he wrote on Twitter.

“The possibility that POTUS may have obstructed justice is real and serious. Apparently, even Trump’s defense lawyers get that.”

Former South Alabama State Attorney Joyce Alene agreed with Mr Bharara’s view, saying “most defence lawyers wouldn’t dignify a prosecutor’s allegation of a specific crime w/a written response unless charges were close.”

Mr Bharara was US Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2019 to 2017, until he was sacked by the Trump administration in March after refusing to be forced to resign along with 46 other US Attorneys – despite having been asked to stay on as recently as November last year.

US Attorneys represent the federal government as prosecutors, a senior legal position, and Mr Bharara was known for his aggressive pursuit of both financial crime and political corruption in New York.

Shortly after his removal, it emerged Mr Bharara had been investigating healthcare stock trades made by Mr Trump’s health and human services secretary, Tom Price, as he was voting on laws that would effect the industry. He was also the prosecutor in the trials of several of disgraced financier Bernie Madoff‘s senior employees.

Since being fired, Mr Bharara has been one of several legal figures offering…

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