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President Trump (l.) is bringing in his lawyer Marc Kasowitz (r.) to help during the Russia probe. (AP;Andrew Theodorakis/POOL). BY Brett Bodner.
President Trump is lawyering up as his campaign continues to be investigated for alleged ties to Russia. Trump will retain longtime lawyer Marc Kasowitz to represent him as his private attorney during the investigation, The Washington Post reports.
The New York-based lawyer has represented Trump several times in the past, including for his divorce records, fraud allegations for Trump University and real estate transactions. Kasowitz has also recently represented former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly.
Trump hiring Kasowitz comes on the heels of escalating stakes in the Russia probe. Last week former FBI Director Robert Mueller was named the special counsel to oversee the investigation after the revelation that Trump allegedly asked former FBI Director James Comey to roll back the investigation into Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser.
Trump is reportedly putting together a team of lawyers to guide him in response to both the congressional and federal investigations into his campaign's Russia ties. The other lawyers up for consideration are Robert J. Giuffra Jr., Reid H. Weingarten and Theodore B. Olson, The Post reports.
The investigation could become more complicated for Trump if Joseph Lieberman is chosen to head the FBI. Lieberman is in the same law firm as Kasowitz and it could create a conflict of interest.
While Trump gets his attorneys in line, Comey is expected to soon testify in a public hearing before the House Oversight Committee. Comey wanted to speak to Mueller first before speaking, and no date has yet been set for the hearing.