Things just get worse and worse for Donald Trump where his Russian conflicts of interest are concerned, and there is no way of pretending these are “hits” by US intelligence agencies. These are most definitely Trump’s own doing.
Foreign Policy‘s Robbie Gramer dropped some rain on Trump’s persecution parade today when he tweeted this:
Law firm overseeing Trump's compliance w his business, Morgan Lewis, was named "Russia Law Firm of the Year" in 2016 https://t.co/huTJX3oIF1
— Robbie Gramer (@RobbieGramer) January 11, 2017
That’s right. In a press release dating from May, Morgan Lewis brags they have been “recognized by Chambers & Partners’ 2016 Chambers Europe guide as Russia Law Firm of the Year.”
This is the latest honor for the high-profile work performed by the lawyers in Morgan Lewis’s Moscow office, which is ranked in Tier 1 by The Legal 500 EMEA for Corporate/M&A Law Firm, Russia and has a Band 1 ranking from Chambers Global for Energy & Natural Resources Law Firm, Russia.
Morgan Lewis’s Moscow office provides full-service business representation for clients, including advice on corporate and finance matters; mergers and acquisitions; transactional finance; litigation and international arbitration; energy and natural resources projects; real estate property transactions; labor and employment issues; immigration; and a wide range of regulatory matters. The Moscow team includes seasoned lawyers and specialists with experience throughout the region, including in Kazakhstan (working with Morgan Lewis colleagues in Almaty and Astana) and other countries of the former Soviet Union, including in the Central Asia and Caspian regions.
So even the people dealing with Trump’s conflict of interest have a conflict of interest. As Sally Kohn warned, “Morgan Lewis is firm that just repped Trump re business conflicts at presser.”
There is literally no bottom to the cesspool into which Donald Trump is leading this country. The company’s name surfaced back in March when, as Fortune reported,
“Trump’s lawyers—two tax partners from the firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius—state in a letter addressed to the presidential candidate that the IRS has finished examining Trump’s tax returns for the years 2002 through 2008 ‘without assessment or payment, on a net basis, of any deficiency.'”
What can go wrong? Well, everything.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse: if ever you needed an apologist for Donald Trump’s more questionable activities abroad, you’ve found it in the law firm that is representing Trump for his conflicts of interest in Russia while at the same time being Russia’s Law Firm of the Year.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.