- Dershowitz said he had “concerns” about the caliber of Trump’s legal team.
- He said, however, that six other attorneys had contacted him to say they would not defend Trump.
- Dershowitz cited being “canceled” for defending Trump as a top concern for these lawyers.
Alan Dershowitz, the attorney who represented former President Donald Trump in his Senate impeachment trial, said six attorneys called him to say they would not defend Trump for fear of being “cancelled.”
Dershowitz made these comments to max news host Sean Spicer on Monday, saying that while he had some “concerns” about the caliber of Trump’s current attorneys, many qualified attorneys refuse to represent Trump.
“I can tell you that so far six attorneys have called me and said, ‘We will not defend Trump even though we would like to because of what happened to you, Alan Dershowitz, because you have been canceled,'” Dershowitz said.
Dershowitz also said that he had lost jobs and speaking engagements after representing Trump, and those other attorneys had seen him as an example of what could happen to them if they took on Trump as a client.
“People don’t talk to you. People are mad at you. I had a lawyer tell me, ‘I just don’t want to be ‘Dershowitzed,'” she said.
Dershowitz’s comments came after a report from the washington post this month described how Trump had trouble finding good lawyers to represent him.
For his part, Dershowitz also said this month that companies were asking lawyers at big firms not to touch Trump-related cases.
“These are firms that want to continue to have clients and they know that if they represent Donald Trump, they will lose a lot of clients,” Dershowitz told Insider.
“Everyone who has called me has been reluctant to do so,” he added. “They say their law firms won’t let them do it. Their husbands or wives won’t let them do it. Their kids won’t let them do it. Their friends won’t let them do it, even though they want to.”
Trump is currently represented by attorneys including Alina Habba, a New Jersey parking attorney and former Christina Bobb, anchor of One America News.
Trump’s list of legal matters includes an investigation in New York into whether the Trump Organization violated banking, insurance and tax laws and engaged in financial fraud. He pleaded for the fifth more than 440 times during his deposition in the case.
The former president could also face possible criminal charges following a Justice Department investigation into whether he mishandled sensitive documents. Under the FBI warrant to search Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence earlier this month, during which 11 sets of classified documents were seized, the DOJ is investigating whether Trump violated three federal laws, including the Federal Espionage Act. .
A representative for Trump’s post-presidential press office did not immediately respond to an Insider request for comment.