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Friday, May 26, 2017

It's all in a day's work for Donald Trump's personal lawyer: fending off impeachment and skinning Opus the Penguin

From Bloom County cartoonist Berkeley Breathed's verified Facebook page, a free and frank exchange of views, and their place in the unfurling scroll of history-

May 22, 2017:

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The Washington Post, May 23, 2017:

"President Trump has retained the services of a trusted lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz, to help him navigate the investigations into his campaign and suspected Russian interference in last year’s election, according to people familiar with the decision.

"Kasowitz, who has known Trump for decades, has represented Trump in numerous cases, including on his divorce records, real estate transactions and allegations of fraud at Trump University. He is a partner at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman in New York.

"With the appointment last week of a special counsel to probe alleged Russian meddling in the election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign, the stakes have been raised considerably for the Republican president and his associates. Trump has repeatedly denied that he did anything improper and has said that he has been told he is not under investigation.

"The White House had no immediate comment on Kasowitz’s hiring. Those who confirmed the decision spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the move.

"In recent days, Trump has been looking at pulling together a unit of lawyers outside the White House to guide him as he responds to the ongoing federal probe and to congressional investigations. It was not immediately clear Tuesday night what other lawyers might be joining Kasowitz as part of such a team."

Newsweek, May 24, 2017:

"Former Senator Joe Lieberman, who a week ago was reportedly the front-runner to receive President Donald Trump’s nomination for FBI director, has withdrawn from consideration for the post. In a letter to Trump dated Wednesday, Lieberman said the reason for his decision was that Trump had retained Marc Kasowitz, a partner at the firm where Lieberman works, which he believed could seem like a conflict of interest.

"Lieberman, who represented Connecticut as a U.S. senator from 1989 to 2013, is senior counsel at Trump’s go-to law firm, Kasowitz Benson Torres. Trump has retained Kasowitz for legal help in response to federal inquiries into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with Trump’s campaign."

May 25, 2017:


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