Trump’s personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz, who was hired to jump to the President aid has reportedly sent a message to White House staff members. Kasowitz does not want them to hire outside counsel to defend them if needed.
Kasowitz’s Role Is Controversial
Ironically, Kasowitz broke a typical protocol for U.S. presidents to be represented by the White House Counsel’s office and for their private attorneys to cooperate with that office. The protocol was set in place to ensure White House officials are not forced into working with the president’s personal attorneys. A spokesperson for Kasowitz dismissed the report as “inaccurate” but did not provide more details.
Kasowitz’s main job at the White House is now to defend the president as a person, experts explained. The White House Counsel’s office is only tasked with upholding the president as an institution. However, the two sides can often collide as not everything that is beneficial for the presidency is advantageous for the man behind the nation’s highest office.
Kasowitz’s Piece of Advice is Problematic
If the New York Times’ report that Trump’s private attorney instructed staff members not to hire private attorneys is correct, it will lead to more problems. Special counsel Robert Mueller who has recently took over the FBI investigation into the alleged Russian meddling with the 2016 presidential elections in the U.S. could start interviewing them. This is where a private lawyer could do wonders in keeping them out of trouble.
Former White House counsel Robert Bauer thinks that the president’s lawyer’s request could be seen as an “act of obstruction” because he discourages witnesses to cooperate with investigators during an ongoing investigation.
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