WASHINGTON, July 15 (Reuters) U.S. President Donald Trump announced in a statement on Saturday that veteran Washington lawyer Ty Cobb will serve as special counsel, and sources knowledgeable about the hiring said Cobb would handle the White House’s response to Russia-related investigations.
Cobb, an associate in the law firm Hogan Lovells at Washington, is expected to be an intermediary between the White House and Congress, as well as outside lawyers as probes into the Trump effort’s relations to Russia continue.
A national special counsel and lots of congressional panels are investigating allegations from U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia meddled from the 2016 U.S. presidential elections and potential relations between Russian officials and the Trump effort.
Moscow has denied any hindrance as well as also the president has repeatedly denied any collusion.
The last man to hold a similar place to Cobb’s was lawyer Emmet Flood, that worked at the George W. Bush administration to respond to Congressional inquiries. (Reporting from Julia Edwards Ainsley; Editing by Tom Brown)