Trump Hires New Conservative Lawyer

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by Rodney Pelletier  •  •  June 20, 2017   

Jay Sekulow from the American Center for Law and Justice added to president's personal attorney clique

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WASHINGTON ( - President Donald Trump has acquired the services of conservative attorney Jay Sekulow to his personal legal team to help rebuff allegations he has colluded with Russia to win the U.S. presidential election.

As chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), Sekulow has a 20-year history of fighting for conservative causes. As a young attorney, he argued his first constitutional case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987 — unusual because he had never argued constitutional law before any lower courts before that. Sekulow is a self-professed Christian.


In 1992, televangelist Pat Robertson tapped Sekulow to head up his new organization, the ACLJ, which was one of the earlier pro-conservative legal organizations.

Not only has Sekulow argued 12 cases before the Supreme Court, he has also argued for the rights of the nation of Israel before an international tribunal at the Hague in the Netherlands.

Critics are chastising the decision to have Sekulow on the team, claiming he has no criminal law experience and that all the "A-list defense attorneys were 'unavailable' to come to the president's defense."

They are, however, ignoring the cadre of litigators Trump has collected from Jones Day, a prominent Washington, D.C. law firm. It is being reported that 14 high-level Jones Day attorneys are now being retained, with some worrying that it's not often that a law firm lets so much of its quality talent away from the business for so long.

Jones Day has more than 2,500 attorneys in 19 countries throughout the world, with over 40 of its employees being former Supreme Court clerks.

Other attorneys working with Trump are Marc Kasowitz and Michael Cohen. Kasowitz has been working for Trump for over 15 years and has been described as the "toughest lawyer on Wall Street" and "one of the pre-eminent trial lawyers in the country." Cohen is Trump's personal attorney and his spokesman.


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