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Donald Trump names Ty Cobb as White House special counsel in light of ongoing Russia investigation

President Trump announced Saturday the appointment of attorney Ty Cobb as a special counsel, positioning the former federal prosecutor as the White House point man for responding to the ongoing investigation into Russian election meddling and allegations of collusion.

Mr. Cobb, a partner at the Washington law firm Hogan Lovells who specializes in white-collar crime, will oversee the White House response to the Russia issue and coordinate with Mr. Trump’s outside counsel, Marc Kasowitz.

For several weeks, White House press officials have directed all questions about Russian interference in the election to Mr. Kasowtiz, who has provided limited response to the news media.

The hiring of Mr. Cobb comes amid intensified scrutiny of the Trump campaign ties to Moscow following revelation that Donald Trump Jr. meeting with a Russian lawyer during the presidential race. Emails release by the younger Mr. Trump showed that an intermediary setting up the June 2016 meeting alerted him that the Russian government was trying to help his father’s campaign.

Mr. Cobb is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a former Federal prosecutor. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and A.B. from Harvard College, according to the White House.

Source: www.washingtontimes.com stories: Politics

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