Columnist wrong regarding a lawyer’s first loyalty

An interesting choice of words in the Dec. 1 Maui News by syndicated libertarian columnist Andrew Napolitano, the ex-judge Fox News suspended for making unsubstantiated claims that British intelligence spied on Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign at the request of then President Barack Obama. He’s also the guy who, according to a March 2017 report in Politico, told friends Trump was considering him for the U.S. Supreme Court should there be a second vacancy.

But I digress. What I found most interesting in his column was this statement in reference to the ongoing Robert Mueller investigation regarding Russian involvement in the 2016 election: “Lawyers must be very careful about what they have agreed to do, because a lawyer’s first and core loyalty is to her or his client.”

No sir, in this country a lawyer’s first and core loyalty must be to our legal system and the U.S. Constitution on which it is based.

Mary Lawrence