The President, His Lawyer, His Lawyer’s Lawyer
A number of years ago I had a business colleague making a presentation to a group of prospective associates in the business. The keynote of her presentation was ‘All distractions are equal.’ It resonated with the audience and me.
During the previous Presidential campaign season I made numerous posts here captured in the category of ‘States of the Unions’ because of my concern for the level of debate and wanting to remind myself of my college studies of Constitutional law and life-long subsequent interests in profiles and problems facing the American Presidents.
This article on one of the President’s ongoing personal problems is a fascinating account of yesterday’s hearing in Federal Court regarding one of the President’s battery of personal lawyers. I couldn’t help remembering that presentation about all distractions being equal and thinking yes but within the context this situation it might require the caveat, that some are more impactful than others. It is impossible for me to believe that these distractions of the President and his lack of surrounding leaders is unprecedented, that he should step aside, and the business of succession with all its attendant issues begun.
The New Yorker article by John Cassidy begins . . .
When Stephanie Clifford, known professionally as Stormy Daniels, walked into the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse, in downtown Manhattan, just before 2 P.M. on Monday afternoon, the photographers who had been waiting outside the building appeared to clamber on top of one another to get a good shot. “My God, they are climbing the walls,” one of the court’s security guards commented as Clifford, conservatively dressed in a pink jacket and skirt, entered with her lawyer, the shaved-headed Michael Avenatti, who was taking a break from the semi-permanent residence he’s recently taken up on CNN and MSNBC. (Later in the day, he would be back in his usual environs.)