There has been a run of sorts on criminal defense attorneys in the nation’s capital as those in the Trump administration “lawyer up” against potential criminal charges resulting from the investigation into Russian interference in 2016 election. First Son-in-Law Jared Kushner, a top adviser to the president, has retained a major hired gun in Abbe Lowell, one of the most well-known and high-powered lawyers in DC.
A lot of the attention has been paid to the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians but it’s the potential financial improprieties that could be the more provable and most damning of off the evidence in the entire affair. Kushner himself has admitted to joining disgraced fired NSA Michael Flynn in a meeting with Russian operatives at Trump Tower during the transition.
More recently, there has been a major discrepancy about why Kushner met with Russian banker Sergey Gorkov, a Putin appointee in December of 2016 during the transition. Kushner and Gorkov can’t seem to get on the same page about why they met.
Just like with Watergate, follow the money.
The Trump administration claims the secret Kushner – Gorkov meeting was part of a series of diplomatic efforts as Trump prepared to take office. The Russian bank says it was a business meeting and Kushner was representing his family’s real estate empire. Which is it?
Add into the mix the massive $285 million loan that the Kushner empire received just before election day from German institution Deutsche Bank which Kushner, for whatever reason, did not include on his financial disclosure form.
Enter Lowell whose résumé reads like a who’s who of high profile political legal cases. He has defended political figures including former Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards. Former US Reps. Jim Wright, Dan Rostenkowski, Gary Condit and Joseph McDade. Eighties Savings and Loan scandal figure Charles Keating, former Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons and lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Kushner is also keeping attorney Jamie Gorelick on the team. “When Bob Mueller left [law firm] WilmerHale to become Special Counsel and three of our colleagues joined him, we asked Mr. Kushner to get independent legal advice on whether to continue with us as his counsel. He engaged Abbe Lowell to advise him and then decided to add Mr. Lowell to the team representing him in the various inquiries into the Russia matter,” a Monday statement from Gorelick said.
Follow the money.