Former President Donald Trump, as well as his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., have hired attorney Jesse Binnall to represent each of them in a lawsuit brought by Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA), according to a person with knowledge of import.
Binnall, a Virginia-based Republican attorney, previously represented Trump’s former national security adviser Mike Flynn, along with attorney Sidney Powell, after prosecutors accused him of lying to the FBI about his communications with the Russian ambassador in U.S.
Most recently, Binnall filed a lawsuit in Nevada on behalf of the Trump campaign seeking to overturn President Joe Biden’s election victory there, and has also represented Defending the Republic, a legal group founded in part by Powell, in a defamation lawsuit. presented by Domain Voting Systems.
Trump Jr. is now the second member of the Trump family to be represented by Binnall after the attorney signed on to represent former President Trump in a similar lawsuit brought by Mississippi Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson.
Both the Thompson and Swalwell lawsuits allege that Trump and his associates violated the Ku Klux Klan law of 1871 and that Trump’s rhetoric was part of a deliberate attempt to incite rioters to disrupt congressional certification of the president’s victory. Biden on January 6.
Binnall also represented Trump in a lawsuit filed in November against the then president, his campaign, and the Republican National Committee. The lawsuit alleged that Trump “sought to overturn the election result by disenfranchising voters, particularly voters of color,” in part “by intimidating election officials and vote tabulators as they counted votes.”