With special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump-Russia scandal continuing to gain steam, more current and former Trump White House staff are lawyering up.
The latest people to retain legal counsel in the investigation into Russian interference in our elections are former chief of staff Reince Priebus and White House counsel Don McGahn, according to an article in Law360.
The legal industry publication has reported that both Priebus and McGahn have hired the same attorney, William Burck, a partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP. Their legal moves come in response to reports that Mueller will seek to interview several senior and former close associates of Trump as part of his investigation.
McGahn will surely be questioned regarding his role in giving legal advice in regards to Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey after news leaked that he reportedly vetted a draft letter composed by the President and senior advisor Stephen Miller and advised against sending it.
Priebus is sure to face questioning about, among other things, what he knows regarding Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Hillary Clinton during the campaign last year.
With the number of White House staff members and former staff members hiring legal representation these days, the biggest jump in jobs in the US economy directly attributable to Trump may well be in the legal profession. Among the other current and former aides expected to be called for questioning are former Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Communications Director Hope Hicks.
Since Trump’s aides are all expected to pay for their personal legal representation out of their own pockets, it won’t be surprising to see wealthy Trump supporters start legal defense funds to help them cover costs that are sure to balloon way beyond what they could afford on their government salaries. The question becomes when people will start to reject offers to work in public service for the Trump administration because it could potentially become too costly for them to do so.
Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music and art.