Made in America: Arkansas-based Hytrol Visits White House

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Cobb is expected to be an intermediary between the White House and Congress, as well as outside attorneys.

The decision ends a weeks-long search in which Trump considered several other lawyers and Republican personalities, including Matt Whitaker, a former USA attorney in Iowa; Laura Ingraham, a conservative political commentator; and Washington attorneys William Burck and Emmet Flood. Calls for Kushner to lose his security clearance have mounted as congressional investigators probe whether the Trump campaign's digital operation - run by the president's son-in-law - coordinated efforts with Russian bots spreading fake news about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

The White House confirmed Cobb's appointment as special counsel on the president's staff in a statement Saturday.

President Donald Trump, left, and Vice President Mike Pence, right, kick off Day 1 of Made in America Week at the White House on July 17, 2017. That story was wholly debunked the moment Donald Trump Jr. posted the emails last week. "That's politics!" Trump tweeted earlier Monday.

It was not that long ago that Serious People would secrete annual hot takes on whether we even needed to have a White House press corps, and it has taken Donald Trump to provide the answer.

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In addition to Kasowitz, others members on Trump's Russian Federation team outside of the White House include lawyer Jay Sekulow and public relations consultant Mark Corallo.

The expanding legal teams come at a cost. The payment was made almost two weeks before news reports about the younger Trump's Russian Federation meeting. The AFL-CIO sent a letter in March to appropriators, co-written with the corporate advocacy group U.S. Council for International Business, saying the bureau's work helped in "creating markets for U.S. exports, creating good jobs at home and making it more likely that imports consumed by U.S. consumers are made consistent with American values".

Mr. Kushner, who had previously failed to reveal a meeting with Russia's ambassador to the United States on a disclosure form, was briefly present during the meeting with the president's son in which the anti-Clinton research was discussed. The House intelligence committee had planned to interview longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone and campaign digital director Brad Parscale before the August recess, but both interviews have been delayed. Caputo is being represented by former New York State Attorney General Dennis Vacco, and said he's liquidating his children's college funds to pay the bills.

Asked whether the campaign is allowed to pay for Trump, Jr.'s legal fees if that turns out to be the case, former FEC general counsel Lawrence Noble, a CNN contributor, said: "They can pay for his legal expenses if it arises out of the campaign". And unlucky for me.

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