Trump administration lawyers connected to his most controversial policies are struggling to find new jobs, report says

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Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone, bottom left in a red tie, and Trump’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow listen as President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in February 2020. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Top lawyers who worked for the Trump administration are having a hard time finding new positions compared to those who served in previous administrations, Bloomberg reported this week.

According to a list compiled by Bloomberg Law, more than 80% of the lawyers who worked under the former president have managed to nab a job somewhere, even if their roles are only part-time or not their first choice.

However, some of them – including former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and former Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer – still appear to be without a job months after Trump has left office.

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Lauren Drake, a partner at search firm Macrae, told Bloomberg that the lawyers who seem to be finding it more difficult to find jobs are those who are either connected to Trump’s most controversial policies or are lacking experience.

Ken Cuccinelli, who served as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, agreed that those coming out of the Trump administration are facing more “discrimination.”

“I don’t think anyone coming out of the George W. Bush administration was told, ‘We can’t hire this person,'” Cuccinelli said, according to Bloomberg. “I’m sure Jan. 6 made it that much worse than it ever would have been.”

Cuccinelli also said he had a recent job opportunity slip through his fingers because they “just decided they didn’t want Trump people,” according to Bloomberg.

“It was just flat out – you can call it Trump discrimination,” he said.

Cuccinelli did not name the company in question. He is currently acting as the National Chairman of the Election Transparency Initiative,

Former Attorney General William Barr is also among those who still haven’t found full-time jobs. A person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg Law last month that the former attorney is finishing writing a book before he even considers the next steps in his career.

The lawyers are not the only ones struggling with finding work post-Trump presidency.

According to a Washington Post report published two months ago, former Trump aides are unable to score the lucrative and prestigious Washington jobs they’d hoped for.

Matt Schlapp, the chairman of the American Conservative Union who’s raked in millions lobbying the Trump White House, told The Post at the time: “If I had a dollar for every time someone in Washington said to me, hey, I’m really looking to hire someone for X job, but they can’t have worked for the Trump administration, I’d have a great sum of money.”