Veterans of Washington's scandals say that with subpoenas coming from Congress and an FBI investigation still active, staffers would be wise to seek counsel.
By Darren Samuelsohn
05/14/17 07:02 AM EDT
Updated 05/14/17 01:40 PM EDT
Veterans of White House scandals from Watergate to Plamegate have an important message for Team Trump: Itís time to think about lawyering up.
In the past week, a Senate committee began issuing subpoenas in its investigation into Russian contacts with President Donald Trumpís staff and other associates during the 2016 election campaign and transition, while the FBI continues its own criminal investigation. Trump himself fired FBI Director James Comey and then, in the aftermath, said the Russia probe was ďmade upĒ and appeared to threaten Comey on Twitter.
ďThereís obviously a risk here,Ē said Washington white-collar defense attorney Robert Luskin. ďAnd thatís not any kind of judgment on [Trumpís] personal integrity or absence of it, but the apparent fact he doesnít seem to be very sensitive about norms and about risks.Ē
Itís an axiom of Washington scandals that the cover-up tends to be worse than the crime ó and itís lower- or mid-level people who wind up getting caught in the worst legal trouble, usually for tangential offenses like perjury or obstruction of justice.
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