“There are certain individuals that made defending the president much harder than it needed to be,” Timothy Parlatore said.
Timothy Parlatore, an attorney who recently left former President Donald Trump’s legal team, said Saturday that he departed because of infighting, highlighting disputes with one Trump adviser.
“The real reason is because there are certain individuals that made defending the president much harder than it needed to be,” he said to CNN’s Paula Reid on Saturday. “There is one individual who works for him, Boris Epshteyn, who had really done everything he could to try to block us, to prevent us from doing what we could to defend the president.”
Parlatore said that Epshteyn “served as a kind of a filter” when it came to passing along information to the former president and also “attempted to interfere with” the team’s effort to search some of Trump’s properties for classified documents.
“In my opinion, he was not very honest with us or the client on certain things,” Parlatore said of Epshteyn.
Parlatore’s departure was first announced Wednesday by CNN. “It’s personal, and it’s got nothing to do with my belief in the strength of the case,” he told POLITICO later that morning.
The withdrawal of the former Naval officer with a reputation for defending high-profile clients comes as special counsel Jack Smith appears to be in the final stretch of investigations into the possible mishandling of classified documents and efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election by Trump.
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