Trump hires Kansas native Cobb as special counsel

Trump hires Kansas native Cobb as special counsel

Trump hires Kansas native Cobb as special counsel

Cobb - a partner at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Hogan Lovells, where he focuses on white-collar crime, and a former federal prosecutor - will handle the administration's media responses to the Russian-meddling inquiries and coordinate with President Trump's outside counsel, Marc Kasowitz.

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

Some Trump allies are concerned that the president's biggest legal liability isn't the suspicion about his campaign's possible collusion with the Russian government but rather obstruction of justice charges related to his response to the investigation, including his tweets and his decision to fire FBI director James Comey.

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

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Cobb will work alongside White House counsel Donald McGahn.

The White House was reportedly blindsided by the revelations. Kasowitz commutes from his home in New York City and has been unable to give the president the seven-day-a-week commitment he requires as the investigation consumes a greater percentage of his time, aides said.

In addition to Kasowitz, others members on Trump's Russian Federation team outside of the White House include lawyer Jay Sekulow and public relations consultant Mark Corallo.

And in case you're wondering, Cobb is related to the Hall of Fame baseball outfielder of the same name. He accepted the meeting on the premise that he would be offered damaging information about Hillary Clinton, according to emails Trump Jr. posted on Twitter earlier this week.

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