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Friday, February 02, 2018

Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates pleaded not guilty in October to eight charges of money laundering and failing to register foreign lobbying and other businesses. He is charged in the same case as his longtime business partner Paul Manafort, who pleaded not guilty to nine counts. Three attorneys who have been representing Gates in that case have filed a motion to withdraw as his counsel, according to CNN. The reason for their withdrawal is under seal with the court.

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I am not a lawyer, but I would think if three defense attorneys suddenly didn't want to defend a client any longer -- especially in a high-stakes case such as this -- that could be an indication that an anvil is about to drop on someone's head.

But whose?

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As a high paid high profile attorney you don't take a case you can't win if it is in the national spotlight.

Given the level of treasonous behavior the right is engaging in this week, it is not looking good for Cheetolini, Jr, Nunes, Ryan or McConnell.

They are thrashing around trying extraordinarily to distract from what is coming.

Desperate people do desperate things.

#1 | Posted by 726 at 2018-02-02 09:55 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Gates is cooperating with Feds...
www.cnn.com

So probably they had a joint defense agreement with Manafort's lawyers, so when Gates decided to cooperate, the lawyers would be in violation of the agreement, so bye bye, which is also why its sealed...

But spin it so the world of Trump is on fire, like you do, I do enjoy it .....

#2 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2018-02-02 10:08 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"But spin it so the world of Trump is on fire, like you do, I do enjoy it ....."

Does sound like kindling burning. That's generally how you start a nice big fire.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-02 10:17 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The answer is pure speculation but ANDREA seems to make the most sense.

#4 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-02-02 10:30 AM | Reply

#4

If Andrea were right the exiting attorneys wouldn't have to explain their motives in secrecy, which they are.

#5 | Posted by Zed at 2018-02-02 11:10 AM | Reply

Trump world is burning. That's what makes the SOB so dangerous.

In my opinion, these attorneys left because they are worried about serving as mob lawyers.

#6 | Posted by Zed at 2018-02-02 11:12 AM | Reply

"I am not a lawyer, but I would think if three defense attorneys suddenly didn't want to defend a client any longer -- especially in a high-stakes case such as this -- that could be an indication that an anvil is about to drop on someone's head.

But whose?"

If Gates has flipped, then Manafort for sure.

#7 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-02 11:13 AM | Reply

Another low level coffee boy.

#8 | Posted by 726 at 2018-02-02 11:27 AM | Reply

I would love to hear Et_al's opinion.

#9 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-02-02 02:03 PM | Reply

And Mods.

#10 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-02-02 02:56 PM | Reply

The public is far too obsessed with trivia like this. Three want to withdraw and he retains a high profile white-collar criminal defense attorney. Maybe Gates dismissed the three, which he has an absolute unqualified right to do, because he can only afford one. Maybe there's some other reason, who knows or cares?

So it's filed under seal. Again, so what? The reasons are most likely attorney-client privileged.

I've filed and seen many more that alleged something along the lines, "one or more reasons under the Rules of Disciplinary exist that permit or mandate withdrawal. Should the court desire the details it will be provided under seal."

These kinds of motions are utterly routine.

#11 | Posted by et_al at 2018-02-02 03:15 PM | Reply

... Rules of Disciplinary Professional Conduct ...

Here is the DC rule. www.dcbar.org

#12 | Posted by et_al at 2018-02-02 03:20 PM | Reply

These kinds of motions are utterly routine.

#11 | POSTED BY ET_AL AT 2018-02-02 03:15 PM | FLAG:

For this type of defendant? This lawyer shuffle reminds of some insane person who ends up defending themselves.

#13 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-02-02 03:42 PM | Reply

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