Trump appoints special counsel to manage Russian Federation probe

Pauline Gross
July 16, 2017

Ty Cobb, a veteran Washington lawyer, is joining President Donald Trump's legal team to coordinate the response to the expanding investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia's election interference, reflecting a growing sense among West Wing officials that the president's private lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz, can not handle the job alone.

The White House announced Saturday that it has hired attorney Ty Cobb, who, as a White House official confirmed earlier to ABC News, will serve as part of an internal legal team to manage matters related to the ongoing investigations into Russian election interference and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

An email sent to Cobb at the firm Hogan Lovells, where he's a partner in the investigations practice, was answered with an automatic reply that said he's traveling and has limited access to voicemail and email.

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

The White House said in a statement that Cobb is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

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Trump Jr. has maintained that the Veselnitskaya had no good information about Hillary Clinton , as he was promised beforehand. Trump Jr.'s brother-in-law and now-presidential adviser Jared Kushner attended as well as campaign adviser Paul Manafort.

Cobb earned his law degree at Georgetown University after graduating from Harvard University.

Trump Jr.'s explanations of the reason for the meeting evolved after The New York Times published several stories about the meeting in recent days.

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Earlier in the week, Trump Jr. hired Alan Futerfas as his personal attorney regarding the Russian Federation investigations.

He'll coordinate with Trump's personal lawyer on Russian Federation matters, Marc Kasowitz.

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