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.