President Donald Trump has retained his longtime attorney Marc Kasowitz as part of a still-forming outside legal team that will represent him in the investigation into Russian interference in the USA election. A source with knowledge of the matter told CNN the hiring process is not over and there are internal discussions on building out a team.
The probes are also looking into whether Trump campaign aides colluded with Moscow. Mueller's broad mandate gives him not only oversight of Russian interference but also of "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation".
But the possibility of Lewandowski coming into the White House signals that the administration is getting serious about its defense. Legal experts note that Trump's penchant for brash public statements, misstatements and frequent tweeting may come back to haunt him.
Bringing Lewandowski on board could be controversial in the West Wing. Mueller was recently employed by WilmerHale, which has represented Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
The investigation into Trump's potential ties to Russian Federation seems to get murkier every day, and it's unclear just where it will all lead. "Getting an attorney is a smart move".
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Lewandowski has remained close to Trump, though.
President Trump is said to prefer a team of lawyers over a single attorney as his outside counsel. Trump just made Kasowitz partner David Friedman the USA ambassador to Israel. The White House also did not respond. Kasowitz is a co-founder of the NY law firm Kasowitz Benson Torres, where he has a broad litigation practice.
The White House did not comment. That happens to be the firm where former Sen. Now, the President has decided he wants to see a broader range of candidates for the job, hitting the restart button on the search for a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
As the federal investigation into the Trump campaign's potential ties to Russian Federation continues to take shape, the president is reportedly taking the advice of numerous aides and seeking legal counsel to represent him in the matter. There is no set number of finalists that the President has pledged to interview personally. Apparently having NY commercial litigator Kasowitz defend the President in a high stakes D.C. quasi-criminal investigation was more important than installing an unqualified political lackey in the FBI job. Former President Bill Clinton hired David Kendall of Williams & Connolly LLP to represent him during the Whitewater and Lewinsky scandals. Late last week, White House lawyers started looking into impeachment procedures just in case-news that was delivered during the now-standard end of the day news dump that brings a new wave of bad right before you head home from work.