Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, is still considering filling a lawsuit against former president Donald Trump.
Trump has reportedly privately complained that his opponents will be “suing me for the rest of my life,” and Scarborough could be among those plaintiffs, according to The Daily Beast.
A source close to him said that Scarborough has met in recent months with D.C. attorney Elizabeth “Libby” Locke, of the Clare Locke firm, to discuss a suit against Trump, for repeatedly pushing a disproved conspiracy theory that he had been involved in the death of a former staffer decades ago when he was an elected official.
The MSNBC host has publicly mulled the possibility of a lawsuit, but the source said Scarborough has been privately telling associates that he’s still thinking about it and may take a while to decide whether to go through with it or not.
Trump has accused Scarborough of being involved in the in the 2001 death of Lori Klausutis, a congressional staffer who died when she suffered a heart episode that caused her to fall and hit her head on a desk.
Klausutis’ widower asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to take down Trump’s accusatory tweets.
Twitter eventually banned Trump after the U.S. Capitol riot for repeated violations of the company’s terms of service.
The Daily Beast reported on Thursday that the new bevy of lawsuits against former President Donald Trump has him and his team worried that he may be fighting an eternal stream of legal trouble.
Asawin Suebsaeng and Adam Rawnsley reported for the Beast:
“With the Senate trial in the rearview, Trump is now confronting a whole range of other legal dramas during his immediate post-presidency. No longer shielded by the considerable legal protection of the Oval Office, Trump has privately bemoaned that his foes are going to be investigating or ‘suing me for the rest of my life,’ according to one person who’s discussed the matter with him in the past few weeks.”
One of the more high-profile examples is Rep. Bennie Thompson (D. MS) suing Trump and his on-again-off-again attorney Rudy Giuliani for conspiracy under the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, for what he claims is their role in inciting the January 6 Capitol mob.
Trump also faces legal trouble in New York, D.C., and Georgia for a multitude of alleged offenses:
“The legal exposure could extend beyond political affiliations, as the voting tech companies that Trump and top allies had baselessly smeared as part of a fictitious conspiracy to rig or hack the election and tip it to Biden have already sent numerous legal threats to individuals close to the former president.”
The report concludes:
“Smartmatic and Dominion Voting Systems have already lodged mammoth lawsuits against Giuliani, former Trump attorney Sidney Powell, and others. Giuliani, who has served as Trump’s personal lawyer, and Powell were pushing these fictitious conspiracy claims at the behest of Trump, who himself pushed such false allegations on Twitter and elsewhere.”
The Trump camp also has lawsuits of their own they are waging against opponents, but at least one not going the way they planned.
Former top Melania Trump aide Stephanie Winston Wolkoff had a big moment of celebration on last week after the Department of Justice announced it was dropping a lawsuit against her over her tell-all book about Trump.
The DOJ alleged in their suit against her that Wolkoff violated a nondisclosure agreement with the White House when she published her book Melania and Me, released last September.
The DOJ issued a one-page notice informing the United States District Court for Washington D.C. that it had dismissed its claims against Wolkoff.
Wolkoff announced the move to drop the case on Twitter, also noting the “trove” of documentation in her possession that could be used against the former first lady:
“Melania opened Pandora’s box involving the DOJ. The enormous trove of communications & documentations I possess and shared tell the true story about “why” and “how” the contracts were “created” and “terminated” and who was involved. TRUTH PREVAILS.”
She continued in another tweet:
“After 4 years of Trump’s tyranny against me with lies, defamation, emotional torment, constant lawsuits, subpoenas, and millions of dollars in expenses, I have proven Melania’s own ruthless actions and heartless words exposed the TRUTH (over falsehood) and JUSTICE prevailed.”
In a followup tweet later, she called the suit “a meritless attempt by Donald and Melania to use the Justice Department to pursue their personal interests, silencing and intimidating me over speech protected by the First Amendment.”
This coming just a few weeks after Wolkoff wrote a scathing op-ed for the Daily Beast.
In the op-ed, Wolkoff accuses Melania of standing by while her husband, Donald Trump, destroys America.
Wolkoff says she was prompted by the rioting at the Capitol to speak out. Wolkoff called the violence that took place “shocking, awful, disheartening and shameful.”
“It was an assault on human life and our great democracy. Unfortunately, our president and first lady have little, if any, regard for either.”
Wolkoff calls herself, “Melania’s enabler,” just one in the first couple’s orbit she says that “stoked and massaged their egos and wittingly agreed to the falsehoods and poisonous lies, veiled as truths, that built this house of mirrors.”
Wolkoff says that she was in no way surprised by Donald Trump’s role in the Capitol riots.
The Trumps, Wolkoff says “lack character, and have no moral compass. Although my intentions to support the first lady in the rollout of her initiatives were always pure, I’m disheartened and ashamed to have worked with Melania.”
Wolkoff and Melania met more than 20 years ago and became instant friends. Wolkoff attended Melania’s wedding to Trump and took part in Barron Trump’s baby shower.
Right after Trump’s inauguration, which Wolkoff helped plan, she went to work as an aide to Melania. She was a volunteer so she was not paid for her time. She resigned before even serving a year after a report about the inaugural committee paying millions to Trump-owned companies were made public.
Wolkoff then immediately put everything to paper, writing a best-selling tell-all book about her ties to the Trumps titled “Melania & Me.”