LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Several White House advisers and personal associates of President Trump have urged him to hire an experienced outside lawyer to help him deal with issues arising from a surging controversy over whether his campaign had ties to Russia, according to several people briefed on the conversations.
The recommendations came even before a special counsel was named on Wednesday to lead the investigation into any collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian officials.
Mr. Trump’s aides and allies were said to be especially concerned by the revelation that James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director fired by Mr. Trump, has contemporaneous, detailed memos reconstructing conversations with the president.
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.”
-Maggie Haberman, “Advisers Urge Trump to Hire an Outside Lawyer,” The New York Times online, May 18, 2017