The Incredible Growing Presidential Legal Team

The Incredible Growing Presidential Legal Team

Washington this week has been fixated on emails disclosed by Donald Trump Jr., showing him eagerly meeting with lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June past year - the most tangible evidence of a connection between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation, a subject that has also prompted an investigation by a federal special counsel.

Ty Cobb - a former federal prosecutor - has been hired to coordinate the White House response to the investigations into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation, according to reports.

The House and Senate Intelligence Committees, along with the FBI, are investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, as well as any ties to the Trump campaign.

The Republican president drew criticism last week from Democrats who accused him of not pressing Putin hard enough at a meeting they held in Germany over Moscow's alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential campaign.

Unlike other attorneys the president has hired, Cobb will work inside the White House - not outside - to help President Trump navigate the various Russia-related investigations. The means of payment for only one of the lawyers - Alan Futerfas, who is representing Donald Trump Jr. - has been disclosed in a Federal Election Commission filing.

The New York Times notes this suggests evidence of a growing rift between Trump and Kasowitz, whom the president has clashed with and criticized more often in recent weeks.

The need for someone to fill this role became more urgent when the New York Times broke the news Saturday that Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort together held a meeting in June 2016 with a Russian lawyer on the belief that she had some damaging information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Trump Jr. was told by an intermediary that the lawyer had information that was part of Moscow's official support for his father's campaign.

Cobb will be the central in-house figure on matters related to the investigations into Russian interference in the election and the Trump campaign's possible involvement, working closely with Trump's outside legal team led by Marc Kasowitz and John Dowd.

Federal special counsel Robert Mueller and several congressional panels are investigating those allegations. She said she will continue to represent Kushner on other concerns.

Trump has a separate legal team to represent him amid the Russian Federation probes, led by his longtime New York-based lawyer Kasowitz. Trump's Twitter account creates a constant battleground for the two of them, with the president's lawyer repeatedly attempting to curb his social media use.

The president's team also recently contacted another high-profile Washington lawyer, Emmet Flood, a partner at Williams & Connolly, who had previously rejected Trump's entreaties.

The White House stated that Cobb has a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and that he attended Harvard University as an undergraduate. "We will continue to work on the matters for which we were originally retained, with regard to ethics compliance, the SF-86 process and related issues".

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