Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser, has added one of the nation’s premier white collar criminal defense lawyers, Abbe D. Lowell, to his legal team representing him in the FBI’s investigation into potential ties between Trump’s campaign staff and Russia. Jamie Gorelick, who represents Kushner, confirmed the news on Monday.
“When Bob Mueller left WilmerHale to become Special Counsel and three of our colleagues joined him, we asked Mr. Kushner to get independent legal advice on whether to continue with us as his counsel,” Gorelick said in a statement, per Politico. She reportedly said that Kushner asked Lowell for advice, and then decided to hire him while also sticking with his original team representing him in the various Russia-related inquiries.
An attorney at Chadbourne & Parke LLP, Lowell has defended several high-profile clients and was chief counsel to House Democrats during President Bill Clinton’s impeachment proceedings. He is notable for winning the acquittal of former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards in a campaign finance prosecution and currently representing Senator Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, against corruption charges. His past clients include former congressman Gary Condit, Sean “Diddy” Combs, actor Steven Seagal, and lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
His hiring comes as Justice Department special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, is investigating whether any of Trump’s advisers worked with the Russian government to meddle in the November 2016 presidential election. As one part of the probe, Mueller is scrutinizing Kushner’s dealings, especially his meetings with the Russian ambassador and a Russian banker.
But there has been no evidence so far that Kushner is the target of an investigation. Jared Kushner has also pledged to cooperate and to testify when required.
Mueller, according to NY Times, has requested interviews with three high-ranking current or former intelligence officials as well earlier this month: Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence; Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency; and Richard Ledgett, the former N.S.A. deputy director.
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