And then, in May, after a long-running internal fight with one of Trump’s top aides, Parlatore quit.
Since then, you may have seen him on cable TV talking about why he left the Trump team and offering his insights about the case. But he hasn’t sat down for an in-depth interview like the one you’re about to hear.
Parlatore came by Politico’s offices in Arlington and spent the afternoon talking to Playbook co-author and Deep Dive host Ryan Lizza about why he became a criminal defense attorney in the first place, the moral dilemmas he’s faced representing people who he knew were guilty. And, most important, what it was like being on the inside of Trump’s legal team as Jack Smith and his prosecutors closed in.