Tim Parlatore, a key attorney for former President Donald Trump, has abruptly left his defense team. He cites personal reasons for the decision and emphasizes that it is not related to any issues regarding his work for the former president. This development comes as special counsel Jack Smith is reportedly being investigated for mishandling classified documents and efforts to obstruct the 2020 election.
Parlatore was among the top lawyers representing Trump on the Justice Department's ongoing investigations involving the former president, including his handling of sensitive government documents found at his South Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago. Special counsel Jack Smith is also investigating whether anyone unlawfully interfered with the transfer of presidential power after the 2020 presidential election.
In March, Parlatore testified before a federal grand jury and stated he still believes "very strongly" that what the Department of Justice (DOJ) is doing is "wrong." Furthermore, he sent a letter to Congress asking it to tell the DOJ to "stand down" on their probe into these documents.
This news coincides with reports suggesting special counsel Jack Smith may be nearing completion in investigations into possible mishandling of classified materials and attempts to obstruct proceedings during last year's elections.
Despite declining to discuss specific reasons for leaving Trump's legal team, Parlatore insists that neither investigation influenced his departure. Two other lawyers—James Trusty and John Rowley—will continue leading representation in both cases involving Mr.Trump.
The DOJ sought contempt charges against Trump after he failed to comply with a subpoena requesting all classified documents' return. Concurrently, President Joe Biden faces separate scrutiny from a special counsel investigation following discoveries of confidential files dating back from when he served as vice president in both home office settings.
As this story unfolds further updates will follow suit; however one thing remains clear: significant developments are underway within various investigations concerning both past and present administrations.