With New York still serving as a backdrop for President Donald Trump’s multiple public dramas, a big Manhattan-based law firm has a turn in the spotlight.
Trump has tapped longtime legal adviser Marc Kasowitz to personally represent him in the Justice Department investigation now headed by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, according to multiple news reports.
Kasowitz Benson Torres at Broadway and West 50th Street focuses largely on commercial litigation. Founding and managing partner Kasowitz has represented Trump for many years on such matters as his divorce records, real estate and civil charges of fraud at Trump University.
Until recently, the firm also had as a name partner David Friedman, the son of a late prominent rabbi from North Woodmere, who has moved on to serve as Trump’s ambassador to Israel. Previously, Friedman represented the Trump Organization in bankruptcies surrounding his Atlantic City casinos.
Before Kasowitz emerged in connection with the Mueller investigation, Trump said he was considering former Sen. Joseph Lieberman — a senior counsel at the firm — to succeed James Comey as FBI director.
On Wednesday, CNN reported that Trump will not pick Lieberman after all and is considering other candidates.
Another of the firm’s lawyers, Edward McNally, has been mentioned as a prospect for U.S. attorney in Manhattan.
The Mueller probe is due to explore any connections between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian propaganda efforts against defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Two months ago, Kasowitz’s name came up along with Russia in a different context.
He was named a lead attorney to defend Russia’s largest state-run bank, OJSC Sberbank, in U.S. federal court against a lawsuit claiming it helped raid a granite-mining company and crush its main rival.
Among his high-profile clients, Kasowitz has recently represented Bill O’Reilly, the on-air commentator recently let go by Fox News.