In signing, she broke down the carefully constructed political and legal wall between Daniels and the company. Martin reportedly send an email insisting that she facilitated the filing “in her individual capacity” to bridge the gap for a New York lawyer to be approved for practice in California.
It appears to be a reference to a pro hac vice motion for permission to practice as an attorney from outside of the bar. It is a simple filing that I have used many times and something that can be handled by any attorney of good standing. I cannot imagine why Cohen and Martin would destroy their carefully separated structure for such a minor role. They could have easily hired a California attorney for little cost in fulfilling this role.
Martin is one of the last people who should have contemplated involvement in any capacity in these proceedings. Martin, 38, is a vice president and assistant general counsel at the Trump Organization based in Los Angeles. She used the address of the Trump Organization’s Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. She signed the filing on behalf of “EC, LLC,” an acronym for Essential Consultants.
In his prior statement, Cohen went to great lengths to maintain this separation:
“In a private transaction in 2016, I used my own personal funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to Ms. Stephanie Clifford. Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly.”