Trump names spe­cial coun­sel on ‘med­dling’

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

WASHINGTON — US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has named at­tor­ney Ty Cobb as an in-house “spe­cial coun­sel” for the White House, a statement said on Satur­day.

A for­mer fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor, Cobb is ex­pected to han­dle the le­gal and me­dia re­sponse to probes into an al­leged Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence into the 2016 US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion and a pos­si­ble col­lu­sion by the Trump cam­paign, a White House source was quoted by US me­dia as say­ing.

Cobb is a part­ner at Ho­gan Lovells, a Washington, DC-based law firm, and a fel­low of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Trial Lawyers, the White House said in the statement.

It was re­vealed re­cently that Don­ald Trump Jr., the el­dest son of Trump, met a Rus­sian lawyer dur­ing the 2016 cam­paign af­ter be­ing promised “dam­ag­ing” in­for­ma­tion about Hi­lary Clin­ton, the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date run­ning against his fa­ther.

To be what he called “to­tally trans­par­ent”, Trump Jr made pub­lic a chain of emails with an in­ter­me­di­ary about the meet­ing that took place on June 9, 2016, at Trump Tower in New York, but was ac­cused of vi­o­lat­ing the Fed­eral Elec­tion Cam­paign Act by con­spir­ing to so­licit a con­tri­bu­tion from a for­eign na­tional dur­ing the cam­paign.

The eight-per­son talks re­port­edly in­volved Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kush­ner, his then-cam­paign man­ager Paul Manafort, and a for­mer Soviet counter-in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer.

Both the for­mer Soviet ser­vice­man, a nat­u­ral­ized US cit­i­zen who lob­bies for Rus­sian in­ter­ests in Washington,and the Rus­sian lawyer, also a lob­by­ist, have de­nied links to the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment, while the Krem­lin said it does not know the meet­ing nor the two lob­by­ists.

The US in­tel­li­gence com­mu­nity al­leged that Rus­sia med­dled in the US pres­i­den­tial race last year and there were con­nec­tions between the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment and the Trump cam­paign.

Fed­eral spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller and sev­eral con­gres­sional pan­els are in­ves­ti­gat­ing those al­le­ga­tions.

Trump’s cam­paign paid $50,000 to the law of­fice now rep­re­sent­ing Don­ald Trump Jr. a lit­tle more than a week be­fore news sur­faced of the meet­ing.

The pay­ment to the Law Of­fices of Alan S. Futer­fas, dated June 27, was dis­closed in a fil­ing with the Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion on Satur­day. It was de­scribed as cov­er­ing “le­gal con­sult­ing” fees.

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