Trump to Hire Lawyer Ty Cobb to Respond to Russia Probes

The White House announced Saturday the appointment of Washington lawyer Ty Cobb as special counsel, after reports that President Trump's advisors were looking to beef up the in-house team defending him in the growing Russian Federation scandal.

The payment was made to Futerfas' firm days before the story about the meeting broke, which caused a scramble inside the White House and Trump Tower to contain it. The people requested anonymity because Cobb's hiring hasn't been announced.

Cobb is a partner at Hogan Lovells, a Washington, D.C. -based law firm, and a fellow of the American College of Trial lawyers, the White House said in the statement. He's expected to join the White House at the end of the month. Federal and congressional investigators are probing possible connections between the campaign and Moscow. Others on the Russia-response team include lawyer Jay Sekulow, a frequent TV surrogate for Trump, and Mark Corallo, a public relations consultant.

Cobb, who sports a handlebar mustache, is a distant relative of the famous early 20th century baseball player of the same name.

President Trump has hired a former federal prosecutor to assist in how the White House handles its response to the expanding Russian Federation probes.

Tiefer questions whether Cobb will be paid by the taxpayers, as a regular White House counsel is paid.

According to the people familiar with the move, Cobb is meant to be traffic cop, enforcer of discipline, and public spokesman - the point person for queries from congressional panels and the Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller. He'll coordinate with Trump's personal lawyer on Russian Federation matters, Marc Kasowitz.

A former federal prosecutor, Cobb is expected to handle the legal and media response to probes into an alleged Russian interference into the 2016 US presidential election and a possible collusion by the Trump campaign, a White House source was quoted by USA media as saying.

The U.S. intelligence community alleged that Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential race past year and there were connections between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.

Unless Trump, the candidate, was at the meeting, too, the Secret Service would not have done any such thing, the Secret Service noted Sunday afternoon.

Vanessa Coleman