Trump close to appointing outside counsel for Russia investigation

President Donald Trump is moving swiftly towards assembling outside counsel to help him deal with the investigations into his presidential campaign and Russian intervention in last year's election.
By Carmelo Sheppard | May 25, 2017
President Donald Trump is moving swiftly towards assembling outside counsel to help him deal with the investigations into his presidential campaign and Russian intervention in last year's election.

In recent days, the president and his advisers have privately courted several prominent lawyers to join the cause.

By Monday, Trump's insiders had come up with a tentative list for the legal team, according to four people privy to the discussions.

The search process, in which Trump has personally been involved, is expected to come up with a legal unit in the coming days.

According to the four people, the legal team is expected to be composed of lawyers from several firms who would work together to guide Trump as he responds to both the ongoing federal inquiry and the congressional investigations.

Although the list of potential attorneys remains somewhat fluid and more names could be added, two people close to the search revealed that Trump has decided that he would like a team of counsels, rather than a single lawyer, to represent him.

According to the sources, the team is likely to have lead counselors.

The four people briefed on the process spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the issue publicly.

According to the sources, the lawyers who have held discussions with the White House and who are seen as finalists include Marc E. Kasowitz; Robert J. Giuffra Jr; Reid H. Weingarten; and Theodore B. Olson.

Kasowitz, who has known Trump for years, is expected to assume a leading role. He's a partner at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres, and Friedman in New York.

He has represented Trump in numerous cases, including on his divorce records, real estate transactions, and allegations of fraud at Trump University.

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