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The taint team is tainted, Trump alleges

Donald Trump wants a special master instead of a taint team; Allen Weisselberg will go to jail; and is Lindsey Halligan a good lawyer?

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Dear listeners,

It’s another action-packed week for Serious Trouble! On today’s episode, we talk about former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg’s plea deal that will send him to Rikers Island for about three months for tax crimes — and won’t involve testifying against Donald Trump personally.

We look at the legal fight over the sealing of the application for the Mar-a-Lago search warrant, and at Trump’s… filing, of sorts, demanding the return of “his” documents and the appointment of a special master to weed out any potentially privileged materials, instead of a taint team that he considers to be tainted. One big problem — he waited two weeks to ask for this, and the taint team might already be done reviewing his files.

Plus, we talk about Trump’s difficulties in retaining A-list legal counsel, and we apologize to a listener for doubting that he’s served on 15 juries in his lifetime. Thank you for your service, Tim!

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Enjoy the show!

Former Trump CFO Allen Weisselberg sits with his lawyers in the courtroom in Manhattan Supreme Court on August 18, 2022 in New York City. Weisselberg has agreed to plead guilty to 15 felonies, admitting that he conspired with Donald Trump’s company to avoid paying taxes. (Photo by Curtis Means - Pool/Getty Images)

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Filing: Trump sues, asking for a special master

NYT: Trump had more than 300 classified documents at Mar-a-Lago

Washington Post: Trump is rushing to hire seasoned lawyers — but he keeps hearing ‘no’

Bloomberg: Trump lawyers rotate among inner circle as legal woes mount