At least four top law firms have reportedly turned down requests to represent President Trump in the investigation into ties between his administration and Russia, several news outlets reported.
According to Yahoo News, lawyers from the firms declined to represent Trump in the investigation over concerns about his tendency to make public statements against legal advice.
Paul Clement and Mark Filip of Kirkland & Ellis, Brendan Sullivan of Williams & Connolly, Ted Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and Robert Giuffra of Sullivan & Cromwell are reportedly among those who turned the White House down, according to Yahoo.
While some lawyers cited existing commitments and potential conflicts with clients as part of their reasoning for not representing Trump, others reportedly said they were concerned about Trump “not paying his bills” and “possible damage to a firm’s reputation.”
“The concerns were, ‘The guy won’t pay and he won’t listen,’ ” one lawyer close to the White House said according to the report.