President Trump used the occasion of his press conference yesterday to blast the DOJ’s appointment of special prosecutor Robert Mueller to head the investigation into the alleged Russia election conspiracy.
At roughly the same time Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein informed senators behind closed doors that the investigation has now officially become a criminal investigation after reports of James Comey’s logs of his calls with Trump.
And with that revelation, Trump’s allies in the White House are urging he bring on a lawyer to defend him.
It’s probably the last thing he expected and perhaps the worst thing that could happen right now.
Here’s more from Redstate…
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein confirmed to senators in a closed door meeting that the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election has morphed beyond just a counterintelligence investigation, and now includes a criminal investigation.
It is believed that the news of memos kept by former FBI Director James Comey have necessitated a need for outside legal counsel for President Trump, and his advisers are pressing him to hire someone.
From the New York Times:
While the office of the president is represented by the White House counsel, presidents in the past have employed outside lawyers when their private actions were called into question.
Mr. Trump has signaled he is likely to hire a new lawyer, but has not yet made a decision, according to three people who have spoken with him. Aides to Mr. Trump did not immediately comment on his discussions.
Mr. Trump is said to recognize that he needs help beyond the White House counsel. But he is deeply cautious in selecting people he trusts, and he adds new people to his orbit slowly.
He may not have the luxury of moving slowly.