By: Zack Duvall
In a statement released on Saturday, President Donald Trump announced formerly that experienced and well-known Washington-based lawyer, Ty Cobb, would be representing him and his administration in all Russian-related probes going forward.
Cobb, a partner at Washington law firm Hogan Lovells, is expected to be the intermediary between the White House and the various Congressional panels and outside attorneys who are involved in investigations of allegations that Russia interfered with the 2016 U.S. election and that the Trump campaign knew about and willingly received information gathered by Russian sources.
Moscow has become increasingly defiant in its denial of involvement with the Trump administration during the campaign and has denied any allegations of trying to influence the outcome of the Presidential election.
Critics of the Trump administration claim that the move by the White House, in light of the recent media firestorm over the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer and lobbyist to obtain information on illegal DNC financial transactions, is an attempt to distance the President from potential criminal wrongdoing by his team and to impede investigations that are currently underway.
However, White House officials say that the move is an effort by the administration to move past what it has called “fake news” and to free up Administration officials to focus on issues that the “American public cares about”.