CNN, citing a “source close to the White House who speaks to the president regularly,” said that the appointment of several high profile legal experts, including Alan Dershowitz and Kenneth Starr, reflects a desire to have a team full of big personalities capable of putting in media appearances in the president’s defense.
“Trump has been telling associates and allies around him that he wanted a “high profile” legal team that can perform on television, the source said,” CNN’s report said.
“It’s simply who Trump is, the source continued, adding Trump loves having people who are on television working for him.”
Starr, while not previously associated with the president, was part of the defense team for the last president to be impeached, Bill Clinton.
Attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz, one of Trump’s defense team.
Trump’s reported desire to have a legal team that can defend him on TV mirrors his widely reported view that senior figures in his administration should look like TV and movie stars.
Having been a reality-TV star before entering politics, Trump is known to be obsessed with how his presidency plays out on TV and to keenly monitor the media appearances of top advisers, sometimes watching them with the sound off.