According to Reuters, President Trump is considering adding a lawyer to the White House counsel’s office to deal with Russia-related issues.
A Washington veteran lawyer Ty Cobb with the firm of Hogan Lovells and a former federal prosecutor met Trump about a week ago for a meeting, another source revealed.
A spokeswoman for the White House Lindsay Walters said the administration had “no announcement at this time”, and Cobb did not respond to requests for comment, saying he was on vacation. Cobb is quite familiar with government and investigations having represented quite a number of individuals in government investigations during the Clinton administration, including former White House aide David Watkins.
Trump has been seeking a senior-level lawyer to join the office led by White House Counsel Don McGahn to focus on the various Russia investigations, one of the people said.
Several congressional panels are investigating Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and potential collusion by Trump’s campaign, alongside special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. The position the president might be considering Cobb about is led by New York lawyer Marc Kasowitz, constitutional lawyer and evangelical host Jay Sekulow, Washington lawyer John Dowd, and Michael Bowe, a partner at Kasowitz’s firm.
Reuters reports that according to sources familiar with the matter, big time lawyers from major firms have turned down joining Trump’s outside legal team.
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