According to the White House, president Donald Trump just hired an army of lawyers to lend him a hand in any possible lawsuits or probes regarding his ties to Russia.
The president has already instructed the law firm he just hired to inform the Senate Judiciary Committee that he had no ties with Russian operatives on the campaign trail. White Houses spokesman Sean Spicer said the law firm is from Washington but did not mention its name.
White House Response to Sen. Graham’s Suggestion
The announcement was made just days after Sen. Lindsey Graham, who was a rival to Trump seeking the GOP presidential nomination, disclosed he wants an investigation into the billionaire’s business ties with the Russian government.
When reporters asked Spicer if president Trump learned about Graham’s plan, he replied the leader was “obviously, aware” of it, but he was “fine” with it.
He has no business in Russia. He has no connections to Russia. So he welcomes that,
Spicer told reporters.
Moments later, he unveiled that the country’s leader ordered a “leading law firm in Washington DC” to submit an official letter to Graham to inform him that he has no business ties or dealings with the Kremlin.
Sen. Graham once said that he doesn’t have any evidence of such dealings but he added that he, nonetheless, wants to make sure no such dealings had ever taken place. In a recent interview, the Senator said he had no proof of the Trump-Russia “collusion” but he plans to investigate any possible “business ties.”
Spicer broke the news hours after Trump had fired FBI Director James Comey. It is worth noting the outgoing FBI chief was leading an investigation into Trump campaign’s alleged connections with Russian operatives during the 2016 presidential campaign and the transition period. This is why the timing spurred bitter criticism, with some accusing Trump of running the country in an authoritarian style.
Trump Defends Firing of FBI Chief
Trump, however, jumped to his own defense as early as Wednesday morning. In one tweet, he underlined the Democrats’ double standard accusing them of once saying “some of the worst things” about the FBI director and now “playing so sad” on his ouster.
On Wednesday, the president pledged to replace Comey with lawman that would do a better job and restore the bureau’s “prestige.” In a separate tweet, Trump noted the FBI director lost the trust of nearly everyone in Washington, Democrats included.
When things calm down, they will be thanking me!,
The POTUS tweeted.
The president himself at one point admitted that the Russians might have interfered with the U.S. election, but he repeatedly denied any contacts between his campaign and Russia.
Meanwhile, Trump is under fire for his family’s alleged business ties with Russian businessmen. Golf reporter James Dodson recently dropped a bombshell, claiming that the president’s son Eric Trump once told him that the Trump family revamped some of their golf courses on Russian money. “We don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia,” the younger Trump reportedly told Dodson in 2014. Trump denied ever having said such thing and described the report as “completely fabricated.”
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