Jun 6, 2017 - Politics & Policy

Top lawyers don't want to represent Trump on Russia

Olivier Matthys / AP

Top lawyers from at least four major law firms turned down requests to represent President Trump in the ongoing Russia investigation, per Yahoo News.

Their reasoning: Potential conflicts of interest and existing commitments caused some of the rejections, but the big thing was a worry that Trump simply wouldn't listen to their legal counsel. Additionally, firms were worried about a prestige hit from representing a controversial president in such a fraught political climate. A lawyer with White House ties told Yahoo:

"The concerns were, 'The guy won't pay and he won't listen.'"

Go deeper: Jonathan Swan reported Sunday that top lawyers were put off by the idea of working under Marc Kasowitz, who is leading Trump's legal team, both from a pride standpoint and because they believe Kasowitz "plays to Trump's instincts" and has the wrong experience.

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