Trump Will Get A Private Lawyer To Handle Russia Investigations

President Donald Trump has retained his long-time attorney Marc Kasowitz

President Donald Trump is reportedly preparing to hire NY attorney Marc Kasowitz as a private attorney to represent him in the federal investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 campaign.

The expected move comes less than a week after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed a special counsel, former FBI director Robert Mueller, to oversee the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the USA presidential election. The move gives Mr. Mueller wide latitude.

Kasowitz — who also represents ousted Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly — is the founding and managing partner of Kasowitz Benson Torres.

Lewandowski did not respond to multiple requests for comment from CNN.

Though President Donald Trump has said numerous times that he did not collude with Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential election - and has denied that he is personally under FBI investigation for it - he has still chose to retain an attorney for any matters related to the case. A White House official said the administration had no comment. Funding for the Legal Services Corporation and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program have been completely eliminated, and if the money is not reinstated, "severe damage [could be done] to the most vulnerable people in our society".

Lawyers with Kasowitz's firm have represented a number of high-profile clients, including celebrities Robert DiNero and Mia Farrow and major companies like Enron Corp., auto-parts supplier ArvinMeritor, Inc. and cigarette maker Liggett Group, Inc.

The Washington Post reported on Monday that Kasowitz was among four prominent attorneys who were widely seen as the finalists for the role of Trump's private attorney. And Lieberman is rumored to be Trump's top choice for Federal Bureau of Investigation director. Joe Lieberman will replace Comey as Trump has indicated.

Trump and his advisers allegedly hope to scout out and attract top lawyers across several law firms, who would work together to guide Trump through the congressional and federal investigations. Michael Cohen, the President's longtime personal lawyer from NY, was summoned to the West Wing for meetings.

But it's far from a done deal for Kasowitz - according to the Washington Post, Trump is talking with three other candidates, including big names like former George W. Bush solicitor general Theodore B. Olson.

Bill Clinton and other past presidents have previously relied on outside counsel to handle particularly hard legal cases. Clinton also turned to outside advisers during the Whitewater investigation led by Kenneth Starr, which expanded over the years and ultimately led to his impeachment.

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