>> President Donald Trump hiring an old friend to represent him, as a special counsel investigates whether his campaign colluded with Russia in last year's election. A source telling Reuters Tuesday, Trump has hired long-time legal adviser Mark Kasowitz as his private attorney to represent him in a Justice Department Investigation headed by former FBI director Robert Mueller.
The appointment of Kasowitz, a New York based trial lawyer known as a tenacious litigator, a sign that Trump is seriously considering the impact the investigation could have on him personally. And that he may wish to protect himself should others in his administration turn against him. The source adding Kasowitz, who is not known as a criminal defense attorney, is expected to bring other lawyers on his team to protect Trump.
The two men are no strangers. Kasowitz has represented Trump in numerous cases over the last 15 years, including on real estate deals, divorce proceedings and against allegations of fraud at Trump University, which Trump later settled for $25 million. During last year's presidential campaign, Kasowitz threatened to sue The New York Times if it did not retract a story about women who accused Trump of touching them inappropriately.
The newspaper did not comply. Additionally, Kasowitz represents Russia's largest bank, which is being accused in a separate case in a US Federal Court. Kasowitz's appointment as Trump's private counsel would be separate from the White House's counsel Office, led by Donald McGahn.