Former Florida Solicitor General Chris Kise, who was on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ transition team, reportedly took part in former President Donald Trump’s legal defense team.
This addition comes as the Justice Department’s investigation into the classified documents found in Mar-a-Lago is ongoing. On Monday, the Justice Department announced in a legal document that it has “identified a limited set of materials that could potentially contain confidential attorney and client information,” which comes after U.S. District Court Judge Eileen Cannon mentioned the potential grant of Trump’s request to involve an outsider. Special Master” to oversee FBI evidence review.
According to NBC News, Kise has won four cases in the US Supreme Court and several others in the Florida Supreme Court. He previously worked for the law firm Foley & Lardner.
His profile page on the firm’s website has since been taken down. An unnamed source at the firm confirmed to Reuters that Kise, a former partner in the Tallahassee office, has left the firm.
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Kise previously made the news by posting information exposing DeSantis’ 2019 Democratic gubernatorial opponent, Andrew Gillum. Kise released documents and text messages to the media indicating that Gillum had accepted tickets for the Broadway show. Hamilton from an undercover FBI agent that he didn’t pay for himself.
Kise has also represented several Republicans in legal positions over the years.
When Kise was appointed Florida Solicitor General in 2003, he worked under Charlie Crist, who at the time was a Republican and Florida Attorney General. Krist later served as the Democratic Governor of Florida and is currently the Democratic gubernatorial candidate against DeSantis in the 2022 election.
“Chris is a 360-degree lawyer: appellate, civil, criminal, state and federal – he can do it all,” former Senator George Lemieux, who was Christ’s chief of staff when he was attorney general, told NBC News.
Trump has used social media to constantly attack the Justice Department, the FBI and the ongoing investigation. On Truth Social on August 29, he called for a “new election” due to what he claimed was an FBI cover-up of information he received regarding the laptop of President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, days before the 2020 election.
Former lawyers who have represented Trump, including Michael Cohen and Alan Dershowitz, have dropped out of his defense in the case. Cohen argued that Trump may have already “gave out” information to hold America “hostage”, while Dershowitz said Newsweek that the affidavit provided enough evidence for the prosecution.
Andy McCarthy, Fox contributor and magazine contributing editor National Reviewappeared on Your World with Neil Cavuto and said that Trump “could talk himself into blaming.”
NBC News and Fox News reported that Kise is expected to begin his new role on Thursday in West Palm Beach federal court.