The White House has hired a highly experienced lawyer who who has spent much of his career defending corruption cases and white-collar crime, to be in house counsel for Russia-related matters.
Ty Tobb, a close descendent of a celebrated but controversial baseball player, has left his job with the Washington DC law firm Hogan Lovells. Unlike the slew of other outside lawyers retained by either the White House or by Donald Trump personally, Mr Cobb will work from inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
The decision to hire Mr Cobb came as administration officials seek someone to enforce discipline in the White House regarding Russia matters, including the President, who frequently vents his frustrations about the investigations on Twitter, according to Bloomberg News. And it has taken place amid fresh controversy about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, after Mr Trump’s eldest son admitted he had met with a Russian lawyer after he was told she had incriminating information for him on Hillary Clinton.
Who is Ty Cobb?
Mr Cobb, a partner at Hogan Lovells, has a reputation as a no-nonsense, expensive, white collar criminal lawyer who has specialised in corruption and money laundering cases. A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Mr Cobb graduated from Harvard University and earned a law degree from Georgetown. CNN said in the past Mr Cobb successfully defended beef processor Hudson Foods against charges that company officials lied to investigators after a massive recall of meat contaminated with E coli. The officials were acquitted of all charges.
He also defended Democratic Party fundraiser John Huang against charges of violating campaign finance laws, to which Huang ultimately pleaded guilty in 1999. In 2005, Mr Cobb defended CIA whistleblower Mary McCarthy, who was accused of leaking information to the Washington Post about CIA “black sites”. She was dismissed but Mr Cobb said she “categorically denied leaking classified information…