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Meet the Florida lawyer who quotes the Dalai Lama and has a client who could doom Matt Gaetz's career
  • Fritz Scheller is representing the ex-tax collector whose cooperation with DOJ could spell trouble for Rep. Matt Gaetz.
  • Scheller also defended the wife of the man who killed 49 people in the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting.
  • Well known in Florida legal circles, Scheller has been deemed the lawyer to call when someone's in a bind.
He's representing Joel Greenberg, the former local tax collector from Florida who is reportedly cooperating with federal prosecutors as part of a sex trafficking investigation into Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz.

Greenberg is facing 33 federal charges and, if convicted, an extraordinary number of years behind bars. But his assistance to the Justice Department could end up drastically reducing his sentence while potentially ending the career of a three-term congressman from the Sunshine State's Panhandle, who built his reputation by being one of Donald Trump's most fierce cable TV defenders.

That's where Scheller comes into the picture. The longtime defense attorney is well known in Orlando's legal circles as the lawyer to call when someone is in a bind. Of the 14 federal trials he has worked on, he has gotten seven acquittals and two hung juries.

"He's like the most interesting man alive," George Couture, an attorney who has known Scheller for more than 20 years, told Insider. "He can squeeze blood from a stone. He can throw a curveball in outer space when it comes to the courtroom."

... Even though Scheller represents Greenberg, who was known as a staunch Trump supporter, public records show Scheller has financially contributed in the past to campaigns of Democratic candidates, including former President Barack Obama in 2008.

Now Scheller's work could take down Gaetz, an outspoken Republican lawmaker who burnished his own reputation through vehement support of the now-former president.

It's also not the only high-profile political case that has Scheller duking it out with Trump's world. Another client is Desmond Meade, a prominent voting rights activist in Florida who worked during the 2020 presidential campaign to get previously incarcerated people registered to vote.

Trump went after Meade's organization, the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, after the former Democratic presidential nominee Mike Bloomberg announced that he raised nearly $16 million to donate to FRRC. At one point, the president of the United States said what Meade's group was doing was "a felony."

That comment helped sparked Republican leaders to call for a federal investigation into Meade's work. Larry Klayman, an outspoken conservative who runs the group Freedom Watch, even filed a lawsuit against Bloomberg, the Florida organization, the Biden for President organization, and others about the anticipated donation. However, nothing has come from the lawsuit at this time.

Many will be watching how Scheller handles the Greenberg case as more details continue to unfold about Greenberg's involvement in the Gaetz investigation into sex trafficking.
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South Korea's president said Trump 'beat around the bush' on North Korea's nukes and his efforts 'failed'
  • South Korea's president said Trump "failed" when it comes to North Korea and its nukes.
  • "He beat around the bush and failed to pull it through," Moon said of Trump.
  • Trump met with Kim Jong Un on denuclearization several times, but North Korea retains its arsenal.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a new interview with the New York Times said that former President Donald Trump "failed" on the issue of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

... During his single term in the White House, Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un several times to discuss denuclearization. His interactions with Kim were historic — Trump was the first sitting US president to enter North Korea.

But by the time Trump left office, the rogue state had not given up a single nuclear weapon. North Korea has also continued provocative missile tests.

Though he was critical of Trump's efforts on North Korea, Moon during his interview with the Times urged President Joe Biden to engage with Pyongyang to succeed where his predecessor failed. Moon emphasized that denuclearization is a "matter of survival" for South Korea.

"I hope that Biden will go down as a historic president that has achieved substantive and irreversible progress for the complete denuclearization and peace settlement on the Korean Peninsula," Moon said.

In late March, the White House said Biden was unlikely to pursue a face-to-face meeting with Kim, though the president has signaled he's open to diplomacy with North Korea.

Critics of Trump have said his meetings with Kim helped legitimize one of the world's most repressive leaders, while offering virtually no benefits to the US or its allies.

Trump's relationship with Kim was controversial and perplexing to foreign policy experts. Early on in his presidency, he traded numerous threats and insults with the North Korean leader from across the globe — sparking fears of a nuclear war. But Trump's tone shifted drastically in 2018 ahead of his first summit with Kim. Over the rest of his time in office, Trump repeatedly showered Kim with praise and referred to him as a "friend."
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or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trump, whom many observers consider an anomaly, left the White House by saying, “We will be back in some form.” His legacy is “Trumpism” – a wave of white nationalism.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.