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What you need to know about Donald Trump's lawyer Marc Kasowitz

What you need to know about Donald Trump's lawyer Marc Kasowitz What you need to know about Donald Trump's lawyer Marc Kasowitz
Nellie Chapman | 25 May, 2017, 06:16

Those who confirmed the decision requested anonymity because they were not authorised to discuss the move.

While the list could still be changed or modified, sources told the Post that the top contenders now include Robert Giuffra Jr., Marc Kasowitz, Theodore Olson and Reid Weingarten.

Since the inauguration, Kasowitz has continued to represent Trump in matters unrelated to public office.

Now reportedly poised to lead the president's outside legal team amid expanding Russian Federation investigations, Kasowitz has long had a reputation as a hard-nosed trial lawyer, with a hands-on approach to running and growing the firm he co-founded in 1993, now known as Kasowitz Benson Torres.

Giuffra, Olson and Weingarten have already spoken with senior administration officials about the team, said a person familiar with the process. After the election, Trump settled the claims for $25 million. The White House also did not respond. However, congressional Democrats have raised the specter that Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey as he was investigating Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn. "But the real victim isn't me". Last week the president said he is the target of a "witch hunt." He has also represented disgraced Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly in the ongoing legal controversies surrounding his alleged harassment of women.

The president's private counsel can not be paid with government funds.

"Trump, we know, lies constantly, about matters as serious as the election results and as trivial as the tiles at Mar-a-Lago", said Maria Konnikova. "And so to create a Tower of Babel within his legal team is sort of mirroring some of the problems that got him in trouble in the first place". However, he has less Washington experience than others who were reportedly under consideration. Trump insisted last week that there was "no collusion" between him and the Russians.

He also assisted in the defense of fraud claims against Trump University, a series of real-estate seminars.

Trump's decision to seek outside counsel was perhaps inevitable, as White House attorneys represent the executive branch rather than the president personally.

Bill Clinton and other past presidents have previously relied on outside counsel to handle particularly hard legal cases. Biovail fired Kasowitz in 2007 over the firm's use of documents in violation of a protective order. Last week, the Department of Justice named former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller a special counsel to the FBI's probe.