Monday, May 22, 2017

Leaky, Leaky

President Trump is moving rapidly toward assembling outside counsel to help him navigate the investigations into his campaign and Russian interference in last year’s election, and in recent days he and his advisers have privately courted several prominent attorneys to join the effort.

By Monday, a list of finalists for the legal team had emerged, according to four people briefed on the discussions.

He should have sought legal counsel, instead of Steve Bannon, before he started.

The team is going to involve the legal crooks he's used in his business dealings, no doubt.
Michael D. Cohen, a longtime attorney for Trump and an executive at the Trump Organization, remains the president’s personal lawyer and confidant, and [...] is involved in the discussions.


While the list of finalists remains somewhat fluid and names could be added, two people close to the search said the president has concluded that he would like a team of attorneys, rather than a single lawyer, to represent him.
I bet. He's going to need a team.
The attorneys who have spoken to the White House and who are seen as the finalists are Marc E. Kasowitz; Robert J. Giuffra Jr.; Reid H. Weingarten; and Theodore B. Olson, the people said.

Two other attorneys who were originally viewed as contenders but have since drifted away from the mix, at least momentarily, because of various legal or professional obstacles are Brendan V. Sullivan Jr. of Williams & Connolly and A.B. Culvahouse Jr., a partner at O’Melveny & Myers who is known for vetting political candidates.


Kasowitz has represented Trump in numerous cases, including on his divorce records, real estate transactions and allegations of fraud at Trump University.
I don't know that that qualifies him for what he's going into now.
Olson, a former U.S. Solicitor General, rose to prominence in 2000 when he argued the Supreme Court election case that delivered electoral victory to George W. Bush.
That's more like it. And they'll be able to use this somehow:
Olson’s late wife, Barbara, was killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks when the plane she was on crashed into the Pentagon.


The White House did not respond to requests for comment about how Trump would pay for his outside legal team, the cost of which cannot be covered by the federal government. But campaign finance lawyers said Trump could likely draw funds from his reelection committee to cover legal expenses related to the Russia inquiries, including money donated this year.
Can you have a re-election committee if you've only served four months and stand a good chance of not even making it through the year?
“What you’re seeing in the news is a WITCH HUNT,” said a fundraising solicitation seeking $1 donations sent Friday. “But the real victim isn’t me. It’s YOU and the millions of other brave Americans who refused to bow down to Washington by voting for REAL CHANGE last November.”
Can those dupes sue to recover their donations if he gets the axe for obstruction of justice or some other crime?  Maybe that's why they're only asking for a dollar. They'll be less likely to get upset over a dollar.


...but hey, do what you will anyway.

UPDATE 5/24:

Attorney Marc Kasowitz is representing a Russia's biggest bank in another case.  Can this look any worse?

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