Former Obama aide: None of us needed lawyers
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A White House Cabinet secretary under former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaJudge denies Trump spokesman's effort to force Jan. 6 committee to return financial records Gina McCarthy: Why I'm more optimistic than ever on tackling the climate crisis The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks, Senate balks MORE took an implicit swipe at Trump administration officials on Friday, saying he didn't know of anyone in the Obama White House that needed to hire a lawyer.

"I served 4 years in the Obama White House. I never hired a lawyer, and I don't know anyone who did," Chris Lu, who also served as a deputy secretary of Labor under Obama, wrote on Twitter. "Just thought I'd point that out."


President TrumpDonald TrumpPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy  Hannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for Trump MORE and some senior officials in his administration have hired outside attorneys to help them navigate the shaky legal ground surrounding the special counsel and congressional probes into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

In May, Trump hired attorney Marc Kasowitz to head the team of outside lawyers helping him with the Russia probes. Also on that team is Jay Sekulow, an attorney well-known for his work defending Christian conservative causes who has defended Trump on television.

More recently, Trump's eldest son Donald Trump Jr. hired a lawyer to represent him after it was revealed that he met last year with a Russian attorney who was presented as having damaging information about his father's Democratic opponent Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe dangerous erosion of Democratic Party foundations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat Left laughs off floated changes to 2024 ticket MORE.