A major Hillary Clinton donor and trial lawyer is seeking to serve as his own co-attorney in a sweeping Deepwater Horizon fraud case, but federal prosecutors are fighting the proposal and claiming it would confuse jurors and muddy the trial.

Mikal Watts, a prominent Texas attorney who raised more than $100,000 for the pro-Clinton Super PAC Ready for Hillary in 2013, was charged in October with multiple counts of fraud and identity theft in connection to a class-action suit for victims of the 2010 BP oil spill.

According to federal authorities, Watts inflated his client list in the lawsuit against BP, falsely claiming to represent individuals who were non-existent, deceased, or had not been impacted by the oil spill in any discernable way.

Watts, a decorated trial lawyer, petitioned the court to allow for “hybrid representation” earlier this month, in which he would represent himself alongside top criminal defense attorney Robert McDuff.

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