Here's Everyone In Trump's Circle Who Has Hired A Lawyer

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There's no doubt the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election is heating up. And as more developments come to light, one detail has stood out: President Trump and some of his associates have retained lawyers to help them navigate inquiries related to the probe.
Congressional committees and a Department of Justice team (led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III) have been trying to determine whether people in Trump's network colluded with Russia to interfere in the election. Hiring outside legal counsel seems like a preventive measure for the president and his associates, though doing so isn't necessarily proof they're guilty of any wrongdoing.
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At the moment, Trump is reportedly being investigated for obstruction of justice. Meanwhile, the special counsel is also looking into the financial and business dealings of his son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner.
Ahead, we list which members of the Trump circle have sought out legal counsel so far. We'll continue to update this story as more information comes out.
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President Trump

The president hired Marc E. Kasowitz, a lawyer who's worked with him previously, to help him with the investigation into Russia's interference in the election.

Trump retained his services just a week after Mueller was appointed as special counsel to lead the FBI's Russia probe. And for better or worse, some of Kasowitz's prominent clients have ties to Russia, according to The Washington Post.

This month, the president also added prominent defense lawyer John Dowd to his legal team. Also part of the team are Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the conservative advocacy group American Center for Law and Justice, and Michael J. Bowe, who works at Kasowitz's firm.
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Vice President Mike Pence

Pence hired Richard Cullen as his personal criminal defense lawyer. Cullen is a former United States attorney and will help the veep deal with the special counsel's Russia investigation.

"I can confirm that the Vice President has retained Richard Cullen of McGuireWoods to assist him in responding to inquiries by the special counsel," Jarrod Agen, Pence's communications director, told The Washington Post. "The Vice President is focused entirely on his duties and promoting the President’s agenda and looks forward to a swift conclusion of this matter."

Besides President Tump himself, Pence is one of the most prominent figures in the White House who's retained legal counsel to aid with the Russia probe.
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Michael Cohen, Trump's longtime lawyer

Cohen, who serves as the president's personal lawyer, hired his own legal counsel. The information was first reported by NBC News' Katy Tur.

Cohen retained the services of lawyer Stephen M. Ryan, from the law firm McDermott, Will & Emery.
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Sessions hired Charles J. Cooper, a D.C.-based lawyer who The Washington Post reports is his "longtime friend."

The attorney general recused himself from the Department of Justice's Russia investigation in early March, after it was reported that he met twice with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the 2016 election and failed to disclose this information during his confirmation hearing. At the time, he was a U.S. Senator and acted as a policy advisor to the Trump campaign.

Last week, Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee. According to The Post, Cooper was sitting behind him while he answered the committee's questions.
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Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and adviser

Criminal defense attorney Abbe Lowell will be representing Jared Kushner in the Russia probe and other inquiries, Politico reported. Lowell's best known for representing the House Democrats in the Bill Clinton impeachment trial, according to The Hill.

The Democrat has also defended a number of politicians including former Senator John Edwards and former Speaker of the House Jim Wright.

Kushner's current lawyer Jamie Gorelick is also staying on his team despite controversy over his role at WilmerHale, where Special Counsel Mueller, who's leading the Russia investigation, used to work.
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Donald Trump Jr., Trump's son

Trump Jr. hired Alan Futerfa, a New York-based lawyer, to represent him in any Russia-related inquiries, Reuters reported on July 10. He also added D.C.-based lawyer Karina Lynch to his legal team, according to a Reuters report from July 24.

The eldest of the Trump children came under fire after it was revealed that he met with a Russian lawyer in 2016 after being promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton. The revelations led Republican Sen. Susan Collins to say the Senate Intelligence Committee should interview Trump Jr. as part of its investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the outcome of the election.
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