REPORT Vanessa Trump hires criminal defense attorney for Donald Jr divorce
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By Julia Marsh and Emily Smith
March 16, 2018 | 12:06pm | Updated March 16, 2018 | 5:48pm
Vanessa Trump has hired a criminal defense attorney to represent her in her divorce from Donald Trump Jr. just as special counsel Robert Mueller subpoenaed the president’s family business.
White Plains, NY-based lawyer David Feureisen is representing Vanessa, according to paperwork filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Vanessa and Don Jr. had claimed in a joint statement that their split after 12 years of marriage was not acrimonious. “It’s a curious choice if it’s an amicable separation,” Manhattan family law expert Bonnie Rabin said of Vanessa’s attorney. “If it’s an amicable situation, you wouldn’t be highlighting the criminal aspect,” noted Rabin, who is not involved in the case.
Feureisen did not return calls requesting comment.
However, a spokeswoman for Vanessa insisted, “Vanessa’s attorney is someone whom she and her family have known for over 20 years. He practices in many areas of the law and … is not a criminal defense attorney. ”
Despite that, Feureisen clearly does practice criminal defense and most notably secured the release of a New York man named Anthony DiSimone from federal prison in 2007 after a judge overturned a murder conviction related to a bar fight in 1994.
Don Jr.’s been running his father President Donald Trump’s business, The Trump Organization, while he’s in office. The president’s oldest son had also met with a Russian lawyer who was promising — but did not deliver — dirt on Hillary Clinton at Trump Tower in 2016.
Vanessa filed a summons Thursday — simply notifying her husband that she wanted the split. She has not yet submitted paperwork, but her uncontested filing means Don Jr. and Vanessa — who is believed to have a “cast-iron prenup,” according to sources — are not heading for a fight over custody and assets. The nature of the filing also means the former couple don’t have to appear in court and their attorneys can quickly and quietly finalize the divorce.
Don Jr. does not yet have a divorce attorney listed in the case.
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