Trump Stacks Defense

White-Collar Crime Lawyer Blanche Joins Team

FILE - Former President Donald J. Trump watches the NCAA Wrestling Championships, Saturday, March 18, 2023, in Tulsa, Okla. Trump’s calls for protests ahead of his anticipated indictment in New York have generated mostly muted reactions from supporters, with even some of his most ardent loyalists dismissing the idea as a waste of time or a law enforcement trap. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
  • White collar criminal lawyer Todd Blanche is joining Donald Trump’s legal team before the former president is arraigned Tuesday in a Manhattan criminal court.
  • Trump lawyer Joe Tacopina, the tough-talking New York lawyer who has thus far been the face of Trump’s legal defense in the case, says Blanche has not “sidelined” him.
  • “Of course I haven’t” been replaced Tacopina told Forbes. “When the bell rings . . . I will be doing the major crosses and summations.”
  • Blanchei is a former federal prosecutor for the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office.
  • He previously represented Trump 2016 campaign manager Paul Manafort.