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Trump nears selection of outside legal team: report

Trump nears selection of outside legal team: report
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President Trump has reportedly narrowed down the list of possible outside legal counsel candidates to serve amid the ongoing probes into Russian meddling in last year's election to four finalists.

A list of the finalists emerged Monday, four people briefed on the discussions told The Washington Post

Trump and his advisers allegedly hope to scout out and attract top lawyers across several law firms, who would work together to guide Trump through the congressional and federal investigations.

The probes are also looking into whether Trump campaign aides colluded with Moscow.

While the list could still be changed or modified, sources told the Post that the top contenders currently include Robert Giuffra Jr., Marc Kasowitz, Theodore Olson and Reid Weingarten.

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Kasowitz, a partner at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman in New York, is expected to take a top role on the outside legal team. He has known Trump for a long time and represented him in multiple cases.

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Trump’s reported top choice for FBI director, currently works at the same law firm as Kasowitz, which critics have pointed to as a possibly conflict of interest, as the agency is conducting one of the Russia investigations.

The other three finalists have already talked with top administration officials about the outside legal team, a person familiar with the process told the newspaper.

The team would be separate from the White House Counsel’s Office.

Michael Cohen, a longtime attorney for Trump and the Trump Organization, is involved in the legal team discussions, the Post reports.

Two other attorneys — Brendan Sullivan Jr. and A.B. Culvahouse Jr. — were reportedly nixed from the original list as a result of professional or legal issues.

The four finalists did not immediately respond to the Post's requests for comment, nor did the White House.