It turns out that in 2018, Stormy Daniels communicated with Donald Trump’s current lawyer, Joe Tacopina, in consideration of hiring him to handle the infamous “hush money” scandal.
Daniels’ current lawyer, Clark Brewster, has now turned over her communications with Tacopina which could limit his defense of Trump in the case.
BREAKING: Stormy Daniels’ lawyer tells CNN that communications between her and Tacopino back in 2018 have been turned over to the Manhattan DA. TOLD YA! https://t.co/oCheN8UWt9
— Mueller, She Wrote (@MuellerSheWrote) March 22, 2023
More from CNN:
Brewster told CNN he handed the Daniels’ communications over to prosecutors after seeing Tacopina make public statements that Brewster believes were contrary to what’s evident in Tacopina’s and his firms’ emails with Daniels.
It would ultimately be up to a judge to decide whether the communications amount to a conflict of interest that requires disqualification or some other limitation on the advocacy Tacopina can do on behalf of the former president, if a case is brought against Trump.
Under the rules of the New York Bar, “a lawyer who has learned information from a prospective client shall not use or reveal that information,” even if no attorney-client relationship is established.
If Daniels did share with Tacopina confidential information, it could lead to him – or even his firm – being barred from cross-examining Daniels if she is put on the witness stand in a hypothetical trial against Trump.
There are additional disqualifying legal ethics issues that could hobble Tacopina as Trump’s lawyer at the link.
Trump lawyer could be sidelined over communications with Stormy Daniels just handed to DA: @CNNhttps://t.co/2yzAdSUEtf
— Raw Story (@RawStory) March 22, 2023
MORE TROUBLE FOR TRUMP: MeidasTouch has uncovered footage from a CNN interview featuring new Trump attorney Joe Tacopina from March 2018 in which Tacopina admits to consulting with Stormy Daniels about legal representation several years ago, a potential violation of the NYS Bar. pic.twitter.com/PMgDvgjLd6
— MeidasTouch (@MeidasTouch) March 18, 2023
Trump's lawyer, here in a previous incarnation as a CNN guest, argues that the Stormy Daniels concealed hush money is a major problem for Trump because it is intended to influence the federal election, and therefore DOJ should charge him. The unfortunate though not insurmountable… https://t.co/5Z9rmoJpjZ
— Eric Lisann (@EricLisann) March 23, 2023