Jeff Sessions is lawyering up, the latest White House figure to hire a personal attorney.
The attorney general has retained the services of Washington lawyer Charles Cooper, a longtime friend, the Chicago Tribune reports.
“Cooper was seen sitting behind Sessions when he testified last week before the Senate Intelligence Committee about President Donald Trump and Russia,” the Trib said.
In an email to The Washington Post, Cooper said: ”I do represent the Attorney General, but, as with all clients, do not comment on confidential client matters.”
“Cooper’s involvement isn’t that surprising given his public appearance with Sessions on Capitol Hill. Lawyers typically consult counsel before testifying, so that they can prepare adequately,” said the National Law Journal, which was first to report the news.
President Trump considered Cooper for the solicitor general job. But Cooper withdrew his name in February, citing the Senate’s questioning of Sessions, the Journal noted.
“After witnessing the treatment that my friend Jeff Sessions, a decent and honorable man who bears only good will and good cheer to everyone he meets, had to endure at the hands of a partisan opposition that will say anything and do anything to advance their political interests, I am unwilling to subject myself, my family, and my friends to such a process,” Cooper said.
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