Trump recently hired a private attorney to help him with any legal hurdles that may pop up in the wake of the Russia probe. Surprisingly, Marc Kasowitz, who bills himself as one of the most feared U.S. attorneys is specialized in sexual assault lawsuits and represented Trump last year when the media accused him of being a sexual predator.
Stakes Just Got Higher
Trump’s advisers reportedly recommended outside private counsel in the ongoing probes into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian operatives on the campaign trail and during the transition period.
The president’s latest move may suggest that stakes have just become higher for him after the appointment of former FBI chief Robert Mueller as special counsel to take over the FBI inquiry into the Russia story.
Trump decided to hire Kasowitz days after reports surfaced that he pressured the fired FBI Director James Comey to drop the probe into his former national security adviser and close associate Michael Flynn’s ties to Moscow. The move promoted many of his critics to accuse him of attempting to obstruct justice.
Trump and his staffers denied any wrongdoing, while Trump insisted that he is not the subject of any investigation. According to Trump, Comey reassured him at least three times that he was not under inquiry.
New Attorney Lacks Experience
Beside sexual assault cases, Kasowitz worked on various cases for his corporate and business clients. However, he has very little experience with handling intelligence probes.
Trump is not the first U.S. president to seek the legal help of a private lawyer when he is subject to an ongoing investigation because the White House lawyer defends the office of the president, not the president as a person.
Certain developments during the campaign may not fall within the legal scope of White House lawyers, who will not be able to preserve the attorney-client privilege on issues that interest federal investigators.
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