Daily Archives: June 17, 2017

Trump’s Personal Lawyer, Not a Member of the DC Bar, Hit With Ethics Complaints in NY, DC Over White House Advice

According to Kasowitz’s homepage at his law firm, Kasowitz is only admitted in New York.

Law.com:

Marc Kasowitz, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, is facing two ethics complaints with the New York and Washington, D.C., bars over his reported advice to White House staffers.

Both complaints cite an article in The New York Times on Sunday reporting that Kasowitz advised White House staff that it was “not yet necessary” for the president’s aides to hire their own lawyers, amid investigations by Congress and special counsel Robert Mueller into whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

The ethics complaints contend Kasowitz, managing partner of Kasowitz Benson Torres, violated attorney ethics rules in New York and Washington by giving such advice to unrepresented individuals.

Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Kasowitz, said in statement that the ethics complaints are meritless, calling them “obviously politically motivated complaints based on press reports, which were based on anonymous sources.”

Campaign for Accountability, a nonprofit government watchdog group formed in 2015, filed its ethics complaint with the Washington, D.C., Office of Disciplinary Counsel, Board on Professional Responsibility on Thursday.

Separately, Neal Goldfarb, senior attorney and litigator at corporate law firm Butzel Long, lodged acomplaint Tuesday with the Appellate Division, First Department, disciplinary committee in New York.

When Trump’s lawyer needs a lawyer, you have to know something’s crooked somewhere

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MIAMI — Michael Cohen, who for years has served as President Trump’s personal attorney, has hired a lawyer of his own to help him navigate the expanding Russia investigation.

Cohen confirmed Friday to The Washington Post that he has retained Stephen M. Ryan, a Washington-based lawyer from the law firm McDermott, Will & Emery who has experience prosecuting criminal cases as an assistant U.S. attorney.

Cohen’s hiring of Ryan as his personal lawyer was first reported by Katy Tur of NBC News.

Cohen’s decision is the latest indication that the Russia probe overseen by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is intensifying and could end up focusing on a number of Trump associates, both inside and outside the White House.

Michael Caputo, a New York-based political operative and radio commentator who served as a senior communications adviser on Trump’s campaign, also has hired a lawyer of his own to navigate the Russia probe.

Caputo has retained Dennis C. Vacco, a former New York state attorney general and a partner at the law firm Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman. His hiring also was first reported by NBC’s Tur.

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CenturyLink Is Accused of Running a Wells Fargo-Like Scheme

A former CenturyLink Inc. employee claims she was fired for blowing the whistle on the telecommunications company’s high-pressure sales culture that left customers paying millions of dollars for accounts they didn’t request, according to a lawsuit filed this week in Arizona state superior court.

The company’s shares fell the most in six weeks on the news, while the shares of merger partner Level 3 Communications Inc. also dropped sharply.

The plaintiff, Heidi Heiser, worked from her home for CenturyLink as a customer service and sales agent from August 2015 to October 2016. The suit claims she was fired days after notifying Chief Executive Officer Glen Post of the alleged scheme during a companywide question-and-answer session held on an internal message board.

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