US President Donald Trump has reportedly been advised to hire an experienced outside lawyer as the controversy over his alleged links to Moscow continues to grow and reverberate.
Following the news that the Department of Justice had appointed a special counsel، former FBI Director Robert Mueller، to lead a probe into the alleged connections، the president has been told he may benefit from retained additional lawyers to those whose services he has already made use of.
Advisers and personal associates of Mr Trump have been increasingly concerned since details have emerged of conversations he had with James Comey، the FBI Director، in which he purportedly asked for Mr Comey’s loyalty and suggested he drop an ongoing investigation into his former national security advisor، Michael Flynn.
“Mr Trump has signalled he is likely to hire a new lawyer، but has not yet made a decision، according to three people who have spoken with him،” the New York Times reported.
Mr Trump has dismissed claims that his campaign colluded with Russia to allegedly interfere with the 2016 election to benefit him.
In addition to the FBI that was being led by Mr Comey، several congressional committees are investigating Russia’s alleged effort to cyber-meddle in the election and whether members of Mr Trump’s campaign.