Trump picks lawyer Ty Cobb to handle Russian Federation probe

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Trump picks lawyer Ty Cobb to handle Russian Federation probe

US President Donald Trump on Saturday (July 15) announced the appointment of a former federal prosecutor as special counsel, with US media reporting that he would manage issues linked to the Russian Federation probe.

Cobb is a partner in the investigations practice of the law firm Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C., and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the White House statement said. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and did his undergraduate studies at Harvard. He accepted the meeting on the premise that he would be offered damaging information about Hillary Clinton, according to emails Trump Jr. posted on Twitter earlier this week. A week ago it was revealed the Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr. met with Kremlin-aligned figures in June 2016-a meeting attended by then-campaign chair Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner, the President's son-in-law and a top adviser.

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A January 2017 assessment by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) stated that Russian leadership preferred presidential candidate Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, and that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered an "influence campaign" to harm Clinton's electoral chances and "undermine public faith in the USA democratic process".

A federal special counsel and several congressional panels are investigating allegations by USA intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and potential connections between Russian officials and the Trump campaign.

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