Eric Trump is being widely ridiculed after it emerged the attorney representing him in New York state's civil fraud suit against the Trump family business resigned.
According to reporting by Forbes, Marc Mukasey of Mukasey Frenchman LLP told a state Supreme Court judge in Manhattan he was withdrawing from the case on September 14.
"The move comes one day after a judge's order to seal a stipulation between the parties was filed. Before that agreement, the docket shows no activity in this case since January."
"It's not clear if there's any connection between the agreement and Mukasey's departure."
The court filing stated Eric Trump will continue to be represented by co-counsel, criminal defense attorney Alan Futerfas.
The civil fraud suit was initiated by New York State Attorney General Letitia James, who in a press release last summer announced she would take legal action as part of a civil investigation into whether executives at the Trump Organization falsely inflated the value of the organization's assets to get access to loans.
James' suit further alleges the Trump Organization underestimated the value of property and these loans for tax purposes.
Her press release pointed out:
"At dispute are seven subpoenas which would provide the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) with thousands of documents and testimony from multiple witnesses regarding several, specific Trump Organization properties and transactions."
"Among other things, the action seeks to compel the testimony of Trump Organization Executive Vice President Eric Trump, who was intimately involved in one or more transactions under review, as well as the production of thousands of documents wrongly withheld."
The news quickly circulated through social media.
It prompted political action committee MeidasTouch to remark "Eric is going through some things."
Some suggested Mukasey's departure could spell further trouble for Eric Trump and his family.
And others simply mocked him outright.
The Trump Organization has been in the crosshairs of criminal investigations for quite some time.
In July, Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization's chief financial officer, surrendered to the Manhattan District Attorney's office in New York city and was charged with 15 felony counts for evading $1.76 million in taxes over 15 years.