By turning on one of its most prominent lawyers in the last two decades for the representation in the investigation of possible collusion with Russia during the 2016 election, President, Donald Trump is inviting, and seems to be more criticism, more experienced Washington insiders say.
Marc Kasowitz, the aggressive New York “uberlitigator” known for his “attack dog” style, has represented Trump’s interests in a number of cases. He represented Trump during his Atlantic City casino bankruptcies, he sued a former New York Times reporter, for 5 billion dollars, character assassination, allegedly at the reporting Trump’s net worth – the judge dismissed the suit because Trump “failed to establish malice” – and he defends Trump University from allegations of fraud, a case settle in the Trump ultimately agreed to.
“The fact that he has been Trump’s attorney for years, not a plus,” said a prominent Washington lawyer who is familiar with you personally, special counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller. “This pick-strike Muller is strange.”
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Kasowitz is also the former Fox News defends anchor Bill O’reilly, and has represented stars such as Robert DeNiro.
Trump has called Kasowitz and his former partner in the company, David Friedman, “phenomenal lawyers.” You already have an oversized influence on its management. Friedman of the U.S. Ambassador is now in Israel. The White house former Sen. Joe Lieberman out of the analysis for the FBI Director, because he works for Kasowitz. Lieberman had to replace Trump the top pick, the former FBI Director, James Comey.
The media heaped praise on Kasowitz for his work in the private sector. A report described him as “the toughest lawyer on Wall Street.” And while Trump will be told, is rounded off his legal team, the outsiders approach, the raising of the eyebrows with the same power-lawyers who defended the President during the special investigations.
“Maybe Trump someone else,” said prominent Washington attorney Robert Bennett, “because you are someone who has worked for hire, in the Bermuda triangle of the Congress, the justice Department and the media. What do you do in a part of the effect can be a other part of him.”
Bennett represented former President Bill Clinton during a special counsel investigation of the Monica Lewinsky scandal in the late 90s, eventually led to Clinton’s impeachment, said the job is for the civil lawyers that do not have great political experience in the Capitol Hill and the White house.
“Unless he brings someone with this kind of experience,” he said, “I think it is a very dangerous situation for the President.”
The Washington-based lawyers who spoke to Fox News say Trump has represented a tendency to lean and combative lawyers, such as Roy Cohn, the trump card in the 70s. Cohn was quoted with the words: “I bring the worst in my enemies and that is how I defeat you.”
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A DC lawyer, who requested anonymity, said there is a difference between a tough lawyer and a confrontational.
“If you go back in Trump’s story, you can see that Roy Cohn had a real impact,” said the lawyer. “He was a real pr **K. That’s not going to go over well with Müller. The government has all the cards or the most cards. While you don’t roll over and play dead, you can not axe in the butcher’s shop.”
Kasowitz has self-faced media criticism for its relations with Russia. His law firm OAO Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, represents US court of conspiring with granite-company executives and others accused to raid the assets of a competitor. Sberbank is majority-owned by the Russian government.
Sberbank allegedly had connections to other prominent American political figures such as Tony Podesta, the democratic super-lobbyist and brother of democratic strategist John Podesta.
Bennett said Kasowitz’s representation of Sberbank is necessarily controversial, but it could look bad, given the insatiable appetite of the media narrative is questionable cozy relations with the Kremlin.
“I don’t see this as a great thing. Although, with all the focus on Russia, I don’t know why you would be a guy with a reference to Russia, choose said,” Bennett.
Meanwhile, the issued order for the appointment of a special counsel, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also opens up the opportunity to ask questions about issues outside of the 2016 election, as President Trump, the discussion about intelligence on ISIS with Russian officials in the Oval Office at 10. May. For that, Washington insiders say, you need a lawyer with the national-security know-how.
“If Mr. Kasowitz is not intelligence information, or of the President the Constitutional authorities of the national security,” said Robert Eatinger, acting General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2009 to 2014, and founder of SpyLaw Consulting, “I’m sure he can include the appointment of an expert to assist him in the special counsel investigation of the President disclosure of high-reported intelligence information is classified with Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.”
All in all, not the confrontation with Miller, said Bennett.
“If it’s a close call” at the end of the investigation, and Müller on the fence about what to do with the evidence, Bennett said, “at the end of the day, you want someone to hear who is on you.”