Jon Sale Is Proud to Take Part in ‘Legal History’ Again, This Time for Rudy Giuliani

Miami attorney Jon Sale is intrigued by the prospects of being a part of history for a second time in presidential impeachment actions.

The co-chair of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough’s white-collar and government investigations practice has been retained by longtime friend Rudy Giuliani in the congressional investigations targeting President Donald Trump.

In his first exposure to impeachment work, Sale was fired along with his boss, Archibald Cox, in the Nixon-era Saturday Night Massacre.

“I’m proud to take it on,” he said of the defense for Trump’s personal attorney. “This is the second time in my life that I have a chance to take part in something that is legal history.”

Giuliani and Sale were New York University law classmates and went on to work together as federal prosecutors in New York. They remained close friends.

“I played a role in his presidential campaign. We’ve been very close personally and professionally,” Sale said Tuesday in a telephone interview. In 2008, he was an unpaid senior counselor on Giuliani’s campaign.

Before going into private practice, Sale was a federal prosecutor in New York and Connecticut and chief assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Florida.

The Brooklyn native is known for being buttoned down, low key, diplomatic and unflappable—all skills he will need representing Giuliani in the Washington spotlight.

For now, he will focus on a congressional subpoena response due Oct. 15.

The subpoena poses “a lot of complicated issues involving questions of privilege and constitutional issues, which I’m just beginning to analyze,” Sale said. ”We have to analyze these issues and decide on a response and advise my client, who will then decide as to how to respond.”

Details about the scope of Giuliani’s role in foreign affairs expanded Wednesday with Ukraine’s former president saying he discussed investments with Giuliani in 2017. The Associated Press reported they discussed “political support and investment” but nothing else, and Poroshenko didn’t elaborate.

Sale acknowledges the breadth of the impeachment investigation stretches well beyond a standard government probe.

“In addition to legal strategy, you have to have real-world common sense. The whole world is watching,” he said. “It’s not like it’s a grand jury matter where it’s all under seal, and and it’s a proceeding involving an inquiry with an impact of the president of the United States. That’s an extremely serious matter.”

While just starting his representation, Sale said he doesn’t see a conflict between Trump and Giuliani.

“To the best of my knowledge, as of now there are no conflicts,” Sale said. “I’m not in touch with the president. I’m only in touch with Mr. Giuliani.”

Heavy travel to Washington and New York won’t be a change for Sale, because that’s what he’s accustomed to. Squeezing everything into his schedule is more of an issue.

“One of the challenges is I am so busy,” he said. “My practice has never been so booming. The only hesitancy I have is having enough time to be able to do it.”

Asked if he would recruit others at Nelson Mullins to work with him, he said that was up to Giuliani.

“If he does, I welcome it. I’ve never had a problem with bringing in good lawyers to work together, but so far everything is happening so fast. I’m sure he wouldn’t do it without consulting me.”

Sale said his wife and Nelson Mullins colleague Jayne Weintraub is too busy to get involved. She represents red-carpet photographer Bruce Weber in New York in a civil lawsuit claiming he exploited or sexually assaulted five male models.

Sale, an avid baseball collector, proves his sophistication by estimating the value of a baseball autographed by six-time All-Star and power hitter Jose Canseco. Weintraub landed probation for the retired baseball player after a fight at a Miami Beach nightclub.

Back to his new client, Sale has strenuously denied Giuliani did anything illegal and is enthusiastic about defending his client in an unfriendly forum.

“To the extent it’s a challenge, the more I will enjoy it, and it will be a challenge because it’s so partisan,” he said.

via Law.com – Newswire https://www.law.com/

October 2, 2019 at 02:27PM

Trump Won’t Apologize for Central Park Five Role

President Trump doubled down on his controversial stance on the Central Park Five, a group of black and Latino teenagers who were wrongly convicted of an assault on a white female jogger in Central Park in 1989, USA Today reports. Trump was asked by American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan whether he’d apologize to the men for taking out newspaper ads calling for their execution. All five were exonerated in 2002 after Matias Reyes confessed to raping the woman, a statement backed up by DNA evidence.

At first, Trump was defensive, asking Ryan, “Why would you bring that question up now? It’s an interesting time to bring it up.” The reporter responded that there were “movies and everything about them,” referring a new Netflix TV series about the Central Park Five. “You have people on both sides of that. They admitted their guilt,” Trump said. “If you look at Linda Fairstein and if you look at some of the prosecutors, they think that the city should never have settled that case. So we’ll leave it at that.” Fairstein, the top New York City sex crimes prosecutor at the time, has come under scrutiny in the Netflix series, entitled, “When They See Us.” Trump spent $85,000 to take out a newspaper ad calling for the teenagers’ executions.

via The Crime Report http://bit.ly/2myW3Gx

June 19, 2019 at 08:45AM

Mar-a-Lago Intruder May Face National Security Case

Federal prosecutors disclosed this week they are developing a potential national security case against Yujing Zhang, the 33-year-old Chinese woman charged with unlawfully entering Mar-a-Lago with a stash of electronic equipment, the Miami Herald reports.

They asked a federal judge to allow them to file “classified information” under seal without the public — or the defendant — seeing it. If the motion is granted, prosecutors will present the evidence directly to the federal judge in Zhang’s trespassing case during a private, closed meeting in the judge’s chambers. The prosecution’s motion indicates that she is a focus of a widening U.S. probe of possible Chinese espionage and suggests that authorities have evidence she was likely not simply a “bumbling tourist” who accidentally found her way into President Donald Trump’s private estate in Palm Beach.

via The Crime Report http://bit.ly/2myW3Gx

June 13, 2019 at 09:31AM

For the first time, prosecutors have tied President Trump to a federal crime. But can a sitting president be indicted?

For the first time, prosecutors have tied President Donald Trump to a federal crime, accusing him of directing illegal hush-money payments to women during his presidential campaign in 2016. The Justice Department stopped short of accusing Trump of directly committing a crime. Instead, they said…

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F.B.I. Raids Office of Trump’s Longtime Lawyer Michael Cohen

The F.B.I. on Monday raided the office of President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, seizing records related to several topics including payments to a pornographic-film actress.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan obtained the search warrant after receiving a referral from the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, according to Mr. Cohen’s lawyer, who called the search “completely inappropriate and unnecessary.” The search does not appear to be directly related to Mr. Mueller’s investigation, but likely resulted from information he had uncovered and gave to prosecutors in New York.

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