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.
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.