Saturday, July 15, 2017

It MUST Be Worse

Ty Cobb, who has represented multiple figures in Washington scandals dating back to the Clinton administration, will be joining the White House staff at the end of this month as a special counsel to the president, charged with handling all legal and media-related issues relating to the Russia probe, sources said.

At the same time, Jamie Gorelick, a politically well-connected lawyer who has been representing Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, is turning over all responsibilities for the Russia investigation to Abbe Lowell, another well-known Washington criminal defense lawyer.

Gorelick, for the time being, will continue to represent Kushner on issues relating to ethics and his security clearance form, the sources said. But Lowell, a skilled litigator who has represented clients ranging from former Sen. John Edwards to corrupt Washington fixer Jack Abramoff, will exclusively represent Kushner in inquires being conducted by congressional committees and Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller.

Lowell may be skilled, but Edwards and Abramoff were still blasted.  Abramoff did time.  Is the hiring of Cobb (yes, he's related to THAT Ty Cobb) Trump's bow to Kushner's demands for more media pushback on the story?
Gorelick said the move was prompted by the fact that Mueller had been a partner at her law firm, Wilmer Hale, and brought three other partners with him to conduct the Russia investigation.
They at last realize how serious this is. Or at least their lawyers realie it.
Trump told reporters this week he only learned about the meeting “two or three days ago.” But Richard Painter, the former top ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush, said it was “unbelievable” that the president’s lawyers would not have alerted President Trump to the matter when they learned about them. “You have a professional obligation to inform the client about information that he needs to make informed decisions,” he said.
Gorelick's move makes it less likely that they'll try to take legal action against Mueller for conflict, doesn't it?

Perhaps they're angling at blaming it on Kasowitz. MAGA. Make Attorneys Get Attorneys.

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

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