After President Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner was reported to have discussed setting up a secret and secure communications channel with Moscow during a meeting with Russia’s ambassador to Washington, his representatives started contacting high-powered criminal lawyers about representing him, according to a report in The New York Times. One of them specializes in corruption and represented the infamous Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
“Representatives of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, have quietly contacted high-powered criminal lawyers about potentially representing him in the wide-ranging investigation into Russia’s influence on the 2016 election, according to three people briefed on the matter,” The New York Times reported.
Although Kushner’s current lawyer said in a statement that he is seeking advice rather than replacing or adding to his current team, it appears as if Kushner could be advised by a better legal experts than his father-in-law, President Trump.
“Among the lawyers contacted, one person said, was Abbe D. Lowell, a prominent trial lawyer whose previous clients include Jack Abramoff, the powerful Republican lobbyist, in a corruption scandal that shook Washington in 2005. Mr. Lowell is currently defending Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, against federal corruption charges.”
“Fairly interesting that Kushner is putting together a more serious legal team than the president is,” MSNBC Justice and Security Analyst Matthew Miller noted on Twitter.
One possible problem with Kushner putting together a better legal team from which to seek advice than the President is he could turn on Trump in order to save himself. Donald Trump’s lawyer is still falsely arguing that the DOJ doesn’t have the right to investigate the President, if that gives you a sense of what he’s bringing to the table for President Trump.