A Democratic strategist has said former President Donald Trump has shown he is “scared” by hiring Atlanta Defense attorney Drew Findling.
While speaking to host MSNBC‘s Al Sharpton on Saturday, strategist Juanita Tolliver said Trump hiring the Atlanta lawyer indicates he is feeling the heat.
Trump hired Findling, who is known for defending famous rappers, to represent him in matters related to the special grand jury investigating him for allegedly trying to interfere with the 2020 election in Georgia, according to an Associated Press report.
Responding to this news, Tolliver said: “It shows that Trump is scared, it shows that he feels the heat.
“Especially when he is on tape requesting that the Secretary of State finds votes for him.
“It shows that he is scared especially also when you have [Rudy] Giuliani and Lindsey Graham also set to testify here.
“[Trump] knows that he is next and so he is building his team to prepare for that.”
Findling, who has previously clashed with Trump, said he was still dedicated to defending the former president even if their politics do not align.
The Findling Law Firm released a statement on Thursday that said it had been hired, along with attorneys Jennifer Little and Dwight Thomas to represent Trump.
In an emailed statement, seen by the Associated Press, Findling said he is a “passionate advocate against injustice” and will “strongly defend” the former president.
“I may differ politically from many of my clients, but that doesn’t change my commitment to defend against wrongful investigations,” Findling said in the statement.
“In this case, the focus on President Trump in Fulton County, Georgia is clearly an erroneous and politically driven persecution and along with my office and co-counsel, I am fully committed to defend against this injustice.”
In a separate email statement seen by AP, Little said the attorneys were handpicked on Trump’s behalf.
“A politically diverse group of attorneys with differing perspectives have all come to the same conclusion, there have been no violations of Georgia law,” she said.
“We as a team look forward to vigorously defending our client and the Constitution.”
The issue in Georgia stems from a belief from Trump that he actually won the state during the 2020 election.
Shortly before the January 6 Capitol riot, Trump urged Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to see the fraud he believed occurred.
Refusing to acknowledge he could have lost Georgia because of the size of his rallies, Trump apparently tried to convince Raffensperger that the number of fraudulent votes far outnumbered the nearly 12,000 ballots that gave President Joe Biden his victory in the state.
In a phone call between the two, Trump claimed his team would provide accurate numbers in the future but estimated there were about 50,000 fraudulent ballots, although Trump acknowledged he only needed 11,779 to win the state.
Newsweek has contacted Trump’s office for comment.