Before he took office, Donald Trump was involved in a truly astronomical number of lawsuits. A USA Today report published in 2016 found that there had been 3,500 legal actions filed by and against Trump and his hundreds of businesses in federal and state courts, ranging from sexual harassment to contract violations to class-actions for misleading advertising, and settled at least 100 of them. It surprised many in the pundit class that this staggering history of legal activity was not enough to dissuade American voters from electing Trump. And, just as with tweeting, he did not leave behind his habits regarding lawsuits when entered the Oval Office.
A Politico report found that to date, the Trump campaign has paid roughly $4 million in “legal consulting” and “legal fees,” primarily for work in continuing civil cases “alleging assault, incitement, threats, and other illegal behavior by the president, his supporters, and his staff,” more than double the amount paid by Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, reported Politico. (The campaign’s primary law firm, Jones Day, has received $3.3 million in fees from settled and pending lawsuits.) The campaign itself had been marked by several acts of physical violence, ranging from Trump supporters assaulting protesters at his rallies to his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski getting into an altercation with a female reporter. And one lawsuit, in which depositions of “high-level” Trump administration members will be taken in the coming weeks, alleges that Trump’s North Carolina campaign state director, Earl Phillip, pulled a gun on a former campaign staffer, and that the campaign’s top hands had failed to act after they were told about it.
As of February 2017, the Trump administration faces more than 50 pending lawsuits, all related to his actions as president, from civil rights to travel bans. And though he may have a casual regard for lawsuits, the billionaire investor will likely soon realize that one cannot make settlements on lawsuits involving constitutional violations.
Source/More: Vanity Fair