In May, POLITICO asked the rhetorical question, “Is it time for Trump staff to lawyer up?” After all, the walls seemed to be closing in fast on the not so random connections between Donald Trump and various members of the Russian business and government communities. Moreover, the firing of James Comey felt like the icing on the cake of cover-up that Trump was trying to bake.
Then it happened. Slowly, but surely, Trump and various members of his administration started hiring some of the country’s top defense lawyers. This move on the part of Trump, Pence, and others wasn’t necessarily a sign of guilt. However, given their adamant denial of any wrongdoing, hiring legal counsel when they did, how they did, also didn’t look good for their claims of innocence, either.
It now seems that even the lawyers who have worked/work for Trump have been compelled to hire lawyers. You read that right: Lawyers are hiring lawyers.
Embattled former White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, and White House Counsel, Don McGahn, have become the latest to lawyer up. Both Trump surrogates retained the services of their colleague, William Burck. Burck is a partner with the Los Angeles based firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.
Priebus and McGhan make their decisions to lawyer up shortly after Special Counsel, Robert Mueller announced his decision to interview six present and former White House staffers as part of his investigation into the then Trump campaign’s possible collusion with the Russian government’s interference in Election 2016. Mueller’s announcement included Preibus, McGahn, Sean Spicer, and Interim Communications Director, Hope Hicks, who is also an attorney.
Sources close to Mueller’s investigation say that he plans to ask Priebus about any information he has around Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer who claimed to have damning information on Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately, there is no information as to whether or not Priebus will turn on Trump and share information that could be detrimental to Trump’s claims of innocence.
Neither Priebus, McGhan, nor their newly hired legal counsel have released statements regarding their decision to hire a lawyer.
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