Attorney Ty Cobb Is Joining The White House Staff To Help With Its Response To The Russia Probes : NPR

People gather outside the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, to protest President Donald Trump.

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President Trump has hired a former federal prosecutor to assist in how the White House handles its response to the expanding Russia probes.

Ty Cobb, whose legal expertise lies in white-collar crime and congressional investigations, will be “in charge of overseeing the White House legal and media response” to the investigations, according to Bloomberg News.

The White House confirmed Cobb’s appointment as special counsel on the president’s staff in a statement Saturday. However, no further details about the veteran Washington lawyer’s upcoming role inside 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. were provided.

A bio on the website of Cobb’s former firm, Hogan Lovells, says that “Clients managing crises, allegations of corruption, and other critical matters turn to Ty to guide them.”

That’s probably why the White House turned to Cobb. Over the last week, the Trump family and former campaign staffers have been under mounting scrutiny in the wake of Donald Trump Jr.’s disclosure that he, Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort met in June 2016 with a Russian lawyer and a Russian-American lobbyist who Trump Jr. was told would have incriminating information about Hillary Clinton.

Cobb will work alongside White House counsel Donald McGahn. He’ll coordinate with Trump’s personal lawyer on Russia matters, Marc Kasowitz. “For weeks,” the New York Times reported Friday, McGahn “has been urging Mr. Trump to bolster his in-house team with a seasoned lawyer to help deal with an expected flood of document requests” from Department…

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