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4 top law firms reportedly refused to represent Trump in Russia probe

The attorneys were reportedly concerned Trump would ignore their legal advice.


Andrew Couts


Published Jun 6, 2017   Updated May 23, 2021, 4:06 am CDT

Attorneys at several top law firms refused to represent President Donald Trump in the ongoing federal probe into Russia, reports Yahoo News.

According to five unnamed sources familiar with the search for Trump’s legal representation, attorneys from at least four law firms turned down representing the president of the United States. Their reasons for denying Trump vary, according to the report, but they include worries that the president would not adhere to their legal advice.

“The concerns were, ‘The guy won’t pay and he won’t listen,’” a source close to the White House told Yahoo News.

The president ultimately retained Marc Kasowitz, a Trump ally and New York City attorney who has represented Trump in previous legal matters.

According to Yahoo News, the attorneys who refused Trump include: “Brendan Sullivan of Williams & Connolly; Ted Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Paul Clement and Mark Filip of Kirkland & Ellis; and Robert Giuffra of Sullivan & Cromwell.”

Trump is currently facing a federal probe into his potential ties to Russia and his alleged attempts to interfere in the FBI‘s investigation into links between Russia and Trump’s associates and Moscow’s attempts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.

After Trump abruptly fired former FBI Director James Comey early last month, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special prosecutor to take over the federal investigation.

In addition to Mueller’s investigation, four separate congressional committees have launched their own probes into Russia’s interference in the U.S. election. Among them is the Senate Intelligence Committee, which on Thursday morning will hear public testimony from Comey regarding his interactions with Trump.

Read the full story at Yahoo News.

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*First Published: Jun 6, 2017, 10:36 am CDT