Attorney Drew Findling has been hired by former President Donald Trump to defend him in a high-stakes investigation in the state of Georgia. Nicknamed the #BillionDollarLawyer, DrewFindling is best known for defending the cream of American rap for nearly 20 years.
What do rap stars Cardi B, Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame … and Donald Trump have in common? Everyone used Drew Findling, a 62-year-old lawyer known in hip-hop circles as “The Witch Doctor”, “God in the Streets” or even # BillionDollar Lawyer, a nickname which he himself uses on Twitter.
The former US president has just made him his new lawyer. Drew Findling joined the team of attorneys responsible for defending this high-profile client on Thursday, August 11, in one of the many cases related to the Trump camp’s efforts to have the results of the November 2020 presidential election annulled .
Not another weirdo in Trump’s court
More specifically, Barren is to protect Donald Trump in Georgia, where the former president is accused of pressuring several officials to obtain a recount that would be more favorable to him. The phone call he made on January 2, 2021, to Brad Raffensperger, the Georgia Secretary of State, specifically asking him to “find 11,780 votes” to win the election, is often presented as one of the most damning pieces of evidence against Donald Trump.
The investigation in Georgia could indict him for criminal conspiracy, attempted election fraud, conspiracy to commit a crime or even interference in the election process. “This is one of the cases where Donald Trump risks the most”, assures Norman Eisen, famous American lawyer in an analysis note written for the Brooking Institute, an American political think tank.
Donald Trump’s decision to trust the rapper’s star lawyer in this ultra-sensitive case looks like another provocation from a man who has often surrounded himself with lawyers of dubious reputation. Isn’t he the one who for years trusted Michael Cohen, a lawyer who seems to have come from a series about the mafia, as his personal adviser? He also called out Rudy Giuliani, New York’s former mayor, who turned out to be a conspiracy theorist. Or to Sidney Powell, the lawyer who saw Joe Biden’s victory as the result of a plot hatched by the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and China.
In reality, Drew Findling has nothing to do with these shenanigans in the Trump galaxy. “The decision to call him proves how seriously Donald Trump is taking this matter,” says the New York Times. “He’s a brilliant lawyer,” said Esther Panitch, a Democratic candidate in Georgia and a defense attorney in Atlanta, where Drew Findling built his reputation.
From Black Mafia Family to Cardi B
“I get calls from the West Coast to the East Coast [des États-Unis]from the border of Canada to that of Mexico, as soon as a rapper has problems”, confirmed the lawyer in 2018 to the information page of “millenials” Mic, which dedicated an article to him.
Drew Findling began making a name for himself in the Atlanta hip-hop community by defending Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory, a legendary and controversial figure in Atlanta’s music scene and… drug trade in the early 2000s. The latter, together with his brother, had founded the Black Mafia Family (BMF) organization, which served both to promote local rap talent and to organize a large cocaine distribution network in Georgia (eastern United States). United States in Los Angeles, California. In 2003, Drew Findling bailed him out of prison in a double homicide story.
Drew Findling won’t be able to save the BMF empire from collapsing a few years down the line. But thanks to the help of “Big Meech,” “my name was starting to circulate in the streets of Atlanta,” he says.
It is this first case that will push rapper Gucci Mane to knock on the door of the future #BillionDollarLawyer. The famous singer from Atlanta multiplies the trouble with the law, and Drew Findling in particular allows him to avoid a harsh sentence of ten years in prison in 2014.
From then on his reputation was made. His Instagram account also reflects his proximity to many of the biggest stars in American rap and hip-hop. The lawyer appears there arm in arm with Waka Flocka Flame, the members of the Migos group or even Yung Miami.
His success also allowed him to represent other figures in the African-American community, such as basketball star Shaquille O’Neal or comedian Mike Epps.
In recent years, Drew Findling has moved beyond representing clients in court. He also began to invest more in the defense of minorities in the United States and the condemnation of inequality in justice, recalls the New York Times.
What is to be wondered at if the most incongruous thing about the team formed by Donald Trump and Drew Findling, in the end, is not that the ex-president called this lawyer, but that the latter agreed to defend him.
His Twitter account is full of attacks against the former president and ultra-conservative ideas. Thus, Drew Findling lamented the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the constitutional protection of the right to abortion and promised to defend for free any woman accused of illegal abortion in Georgia.
The racist architect of the fraudulent Trump University criticizes Lebron, the founder of a free school for children… POTUS pathetic again!
—Drew Findling (@DrewFindling) August 4, 2018
He has repeatedly called Donald Trump a “racist,” especially after the former president’s attack on NBA star LeBron James in 2018. Drew Findling even called Donald Trump a “pathetic” president. , the Washington Post recalls.
But that doesn’t stop him from defending it. “I may not agree politically with my clients, but that will not stop me from fighting injustices,” he told the same source.
Several rappers interviewed by the New York Times in 2018 assured that Drew Findling had saved them from the clutches of justice at critical moments in their careers. “He’s simply the best lawyer around,” said Offset, a member of the Migos group. Something to reassure Donald Trump, Drew Findling should do better than Bruce Castor, who had embarrassed him on the first day of his impeachment trial