Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Trump Lawyers Up Over Russia Probes

Donald Trump has retained lawyer Marc Kasowitz as outside counsel

Reports have revealed that Donald Trump, due to the ever increasing problems stemming from his campaign's alleged ties to Russia, is expected to hire Wall Street lawyer Marc Kasowitz.

It was revealed that Trump is expected to retain Kasowitz to help represent him in the federal investigation into alleged ties between his presidential campaign and Russia.

The revelation comes just days after former FBI Director Robert Mueller was named special counsel in the federal investigation into Trump/Russia ties and revelations that Trump pressured former FBI Director James Comey to ease off of an investigation into Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Kasowitz has represented Trump in the past and in January was described in the The Wall Street Journal as "Donald Trump's go-to guy for his toughest legal battles."

These instances include...

• Kasowitz sued successfully to keep records sealed from Trump’s divorce from first wife, Ivana  

• The law firm helped Trump restructure debt when his casinos entered bankruptcies.  

 • In 2006 Kasowitz filed a case on Trump's behalf against a journalist who wrote a book about Trump who claimed trump wasn't as rich as he claimed. Trump ultimately lost the suit after he couldn't prove his claim of being a billionaire.

• Kasowitz represented Trump against a suit filed by the New York Attorney General against Trump University in which Trump paid out $25 million dollars in settlements.

• Kasowitz came to Trump's aid last year after The New York Times reported that multiple women claimed Trump sexually assaulted them. Kasowitz sent letters to the paper demanding they retract a story. The stories were never retracted.

Kasowitz has some very serious ties to Russia as well as Vladimir Putin which has set off some people's alarm bells.

Kasowitz is presently defending Russia's largest bank, OJSC Sberbank, in an ongoing lawsuit in US court, a company controlled by a Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska who has close ties to Russian president Vladimir Putin and a Russian company named Veleron in a federal lawsuit against Morgan Stanley.

Kasowitz founded his firm in 1993 and grew it into a 270-lawyer operation with revenue of more than $200 million and is described on his website as the "toughest lawyer on Wall Street."

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