Trump loses another lawyer

WASHINGTON DC: Another lawyer has quit the legal team being assembled by former US President Donald Trump to defend him in his second impeachment trial.

Lionel Hutz, founder and principal of Springfield-based I Can’t Believe It’s a Law Firm, said he was leaving Trump’s legal defence team because of “friction” with the former President’s personal legal counsel Rudy Giuliani. (main picture)

 “When I say ‘friction’ I mean he’s bat-shit crazy,” Mr Hutz said. “Even I can’t believe he’s a lawyer.”

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CANBERRA: The Australian people can rely on the sound economic management that only the Liberal and National parties can provide to see the nation safely through the terrible recession caused by COVID-19, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will say today.

While not providing a deadline for returning “to the way things used to be before the coronavirus pandemic hit”, Mr Frydenberg will tell the National Press Club here that only the Morrison Government “can be trusted to return the economy to where it was”.

“Only the Morrison-McCormack LNP government is capable of having the nation back to the good old days of a solid technical recession with ballooning debt levels sooner than later,” he will say.

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SYDNEY: Respected political scribe Peter Hartcher has been shortlisted for the 2021 Miles Franklin award for fiction.

The Sydney Morning Herald political and international editor said he was proud to be nominated for the award for a series of recent weekend articles on federal politics, especially on how Prime Minister Scott Morrison had brilliantly transformed himself into a remarkable and much-loved national leader. He was looking forward to the presentation dinner in July, as was Peter Hartcher.

Hartcher writes in the tragic unrealism style of an increasing number of political essayists in the mainstream media, all keen to express strongly held views while keeping their jobs.