Donald Trump Jr. and his wife Vanessa issued a joint statement on their pending divorce, while Vanessa has reportedly hired a criminal defense attorney to represent her in the case.
The statement, given on Page Six, says: “After 12 years of marriage, we have decided to go our separate ways. We will always have tremendous respect for each other and our families. We have five beautiful children together and they remain our top priority. We ask for your privacy during this time.”
Meanwhile, according to the same publication, Vanessa Trump has hired White Plains, NY-based lawyer David Feureisen to represent her, according to paperwork filed in Manhattan Supreme Court late Thursday.
From Page Six: Feureisen is best known for securing the release of a New York man named Anthony DiSimone from federal prison in 2007 after a judge overturned a murder conviction related to a bar fight in 1994.
Vanessa and Don Jr. claimed in a joint statement that their split after 12 years of marriage was not acrimonious.
“It’s a curious choice if it’s an amicable separation,” Manhattan family law expert Bonnie Rabin said of Vanessa’s attorney.
“If it’s an amicable situation, you wouldn’t be highlighting the criminal aspect,” noted Rabin, who is not involved in the case.
According to the report, Vanessa has not yet submitted paperwork that explains the reason she desires the divorce.
Trump Jr. has not listed a divorce attorney in the divorce case.
The divorce and Vanessa’s choice in legal representation come as reports that special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organization in his Russia probe.