Alvin Bragg, the criminal defense lawyer for Donald Trump, is in the crosshairs of Alvin Bragg over a possible conflict of interests

Manhattan prosecutors target one of Donald Trump's lawyers, Joe Tacopina, for possible removal over potential conflict of interest involving porn star Stormy Daniels.

Alvin Bragg, Manhattan District Attorney wants to know whether Stormy Daniels’ prior consultations with his firm created a conflict of interests involving the former Principal Lawyer for President Trump.

In a letter dated April 14, Assistant district attorney Susan Hoffinger asked for more information regarding lawyer Joe Tacopina’s previous correspondence with porn starlet.

Tacopina has acknowledged that Daniels reached out to his firm for possible representation in her long-standing tussle with Trump back in 2018, before she retained media-darling-turned-felon Michael Avenatti.

Don Lemon, the host of a CNN interview in that year asked Tacopina if Daniels was involved with Trump because his office had contact with her.




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Alvin Bragg, Manhattan’s DA, is removing former President Trump’s lawyer Joe Tacopina from his position due to his connections with porn star Stormy Danias.

Did you have any idea that she might have signed the NDA under duress, and was she concerned about her safety? Lemon, in Hoffinger’s letter, asked.

Tacopina replied, “Yes, I’m sure, but I can’t talk about any impressions that I had or the conversations we had, because an attorney-client confidentiality applies to even a consultation.”

Tacopina, who was present at Trump’s arraignment in the last month denied that he had personally consulted with Daniels. He also stated categorically that his firm refused to accept her civil lawsuit against the former President.



READ MANHATTAN PROSECUTORS LETTER TO JUDGE MERCHAN QUESTIONING TRUMP LAWYER JOE TACOPINA’S TIES TO STORMY DANIELS

This issue arose after Daniels’ lawyer Clark Brewster sent a letter to the court the day before Trump’s arraignment, arguing that Tacopina was disqualified from the trial.

Trump faces 34 felony charges of falsifying records of business relating to a $130,000 payment of hush money made to an adult movie actress.




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Tacopina said to Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan during Trump’s arraignment, “We rejected the case.” “I didn’t offer her representation. I didn’t talk to her. She wasn’t there. “It is that simple.”

Manhattan prosecutors wrote that Daniels’ book “Full Disclosure” appeared to refer to Tacopina’s personal correspondence in the book.

Stormy, right, claims that Joe Tacopina’s former attorney should not be allowed to represent him as he consulted his law firm. (Phillip Faraone/Getty Images/Photo taken by Seth Wenig Pool/Getty Images.)

The letter says: “She wrote that she spoke to a very high-powered attorney before hiring Mr. Avenatti. This lawyer seemed to be taking her call for curiosity, dragged out the conversation for a few weeks, and didn’t share her passion. So she ended the conversation.” She wrote that she felt ‘anxious’ that this man now knew her story and strategy to confront Cohen and Trump’.

Manhattan prosecutors want Merchan now to order Tacopina, to hand over all correspondence between his firm and Daniels as well as “disclose whatever steps he may have taken to mitigate this potential conflict.”

Tacopina, in his April 12 court filing, called Daniels’ letter, written on the eve before Trump’s historic arraignment, an “obvious public relations stunt,” pointing out that it was quickly released to the media by an attorney not licensed to practise law in New York.




READ JOE TACOPINA’S LETTER DENIEING A CONFLICT INTERESTING IMPLICING STORM DANIA


According to the letter, in her consultation with Tacopina’s firm, she exclusively discussed whether or not her non-disclosure contract with Trump was enforceable. She has extensively covered the details in her book, interviews with the media, and civil suits.




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Trump is accused by the FBI of falsifying business records. He is said to have had Michael Cohen, his former lawyer, arrange a $130,000 payment to Daniels to keep her quiet during his presidential campaign in 2016 about an alleged encounter. He denies the affair.

Trump paid Cohen a total of $ 420,000. Bragg claims that these payments were incorrectly classified as legal expenses, and implies the arrangement violated tax and campaign laws.




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The 2024 Republican presidential candidate has dismissed the case as a manufactured and politically-motivated witch hunt with no legal merit.


Emmett J. Jones contributed to the report.

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