President Donald Trump has selected Pat A. Cipollone to replace Don McGahn as White House counsel, the president told reporters Tuesday, bringing in a well-known Washington litigator as his new top lawyer as the special counsel investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election continues unabated.
President Trump announced his selection during an Oval Office interview with the Associated Press on Tuesday evening. Cipollone, who has been a partner at Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato & Missner LLP, has experience defending against numerous government investigations from the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Trade Commission and more, according to a biography on his firm’s website.
That experience will likely come in handy as Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues his wide-ranging investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election. Mueller’s office has reportedly been involved in negotiations to interview Trump, which the president’s outside lawyers have resisted. The investigations work of the White House counsel's office could also increase substantially if Democrats win a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in November, experts have said.
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