Axios reported Thursday that Trump lawyers are looking to "wall off" Kushner from President Trump over concerns that Kushner keeps discussing the investigation with the president. Instead of reporting to White House counsel Don McGahn, Cobb will be reporting directly to the President.
Reuters reported last week that Trump had been considering hiring Cobb; however, at that time, the White House said they were not prepared to make an announcement.
The president is currently being investigated for potentially obstructing justice in the firing of now-former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.
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Yahoo News reported that Jamie Gorelick, a former Deputy Attorney General in the Clinton administration, was turning over all responsibilities for the Russian Federation probe to Washington criminal defense lawyer Abbe Lowell.
"As you may recall, and as we have stated, once Bob Mueller and three of our partners left the firm to form the Special Counsel's Office, we advised Mr. Kushner to get independent legal advice whether to continue with us as counsel", she told the Law Journal in an email. "We will continue to work on the matters for which we were originally retained, with regard to ethics compliance, the SF-86 process, and related issues". "We are now helping Abbe's team".
Mueller's probe has grown to look at whether the president obstructed justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey in May, and he is also closely scrutinizing two key aides to Trump - Manafort, his onetime campaign manager, and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.