Trump to Retain Private Attorney for Russia Investigations

Trump nears selection of outside legal team: report
Trump assembling dream team of lawyers to guide him through Russiagate
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25 May, 2017

Donald Trump has appointed lawyer Marc Kasowitz to represent him in an inquiry into Russia's alleged meddling in the United States presidential election and any links to the Trump campaign, U.S. media report. The firm, Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, publicizes a number of its partner's representations of the president on its website, including in the restructuring of business debt, defamation cases and the effort to keep Trump's divorce records sealed as he campaigned a year ago.

"The problem wasn't so much asking them to issue statements, it was asking them to issue false statements about an ongoing investigation", a former senior intelligence official said of the request to Coats.

Mueller was appointed as special counsel by the Justice Department last week to investigate the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation.

Earlier this month, Trump abruptly fired FBI director James Comey, who had been overseeing the bureau's investigation into the Trump campaign, and admitted that "this Russian Federation thing" had been a factor in his decision. Russian Federation has denied involvement, and Trump has denied any collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.

Mueller, of course, could be Kasowitz's most challenging legal opponent yet.

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Lewandowski, according to sources with knowledge of the plans, has been pitching himself as a Trump confidante who knows Trump well and could help fight the constant stories about Russian Federation and Trump. In particular, his public descriptions of his conversations with Comey may have jeopardized any later attempt to keep such discussions confidential by claiming executive privilege. A White House official told the Post that the administration had no comment at the time. The White House also did not respond.

Until now, Trump has been relying mostly on White House Counsel Don McGahn, a long-time election lawyer who as a government employee serves the office of the presidency not Trump himself. There is no set number of finalists that the President has pledged to interview personally.

Kasowitz has represented Trump for more than 15 years but he is not known as a criminal defense lawyer. Later that month, Kasowitz wrote a letter to Times demanding the retraction of an article about two women who claimed Trump had "touched them inappropriately". "They're highly talented with great insight into the future", Trump said.

President Donald Trump is lawyering up.


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