Marc Kasowitz: Trump’s hotheaded longtime personal lawyer and Free Get Out Of Jail Card
Out of all the lawyers on the president’s team, Marc Kasowitz has worked for Trump for the past 15 years, representing him in several high-profile cases including the series of lawsuits against Trump University in 2016 which settled and known as a scam, and Trump’s 2006 defamation suit against biographer Timothy O’Brien for allegedly misrepresenting Trump’s net worth which was probably truth.

Given their long history, it’s no wonder Trump appointed Kasowitz to lead his team of lawyers. But last week Kasowitz was pulled from the job, and his role on the team going forward will be significantly reduced.   

Some mentioned basically he is a big-mouthed self endearing TRUMP type.    Even though Kasowitz likes to brag that he’s been called the toughest lawyer on Wall Street, (Street translation = Lying Scumbag)  he has little experience dealing with Justice Department or congressional investigations and is known for being quite hot-tempered. 

Earlier this month, he threatened a stranger in a string of profane emails that included a blunt warning to “watch your back, bitch.”  Many feel if he was crossing the street, they would have a tough time choosing the brakes or the gas pedal.  Trump loves him just like Hitler loved Bormann.  

John Dowd: the team’s new leader 
Is a  veteran Washington defense lawyer, is the team’s new leader following last week’s shake-up. He only joined the team in June and has represented many high-profile government officials, including Sen. John McCain during a 1990 investigation known as the Keating Five scandal, in which McCain was accused of improperly meeting with federal bank regulators on behalf of a campaign contributor. McCain was later cleared of any wrongdoing. 

Dowd is also known for leading a Major League Baseball investigation into former Cincinnati Reds player and manager Pete Rose on gambling charges. Because of Dowd’s report, Rose was banned from the MLB for life. 

A well-respected lawyer with a long history of dealing with the Justice Department, Dowd adds a much-needed boost to the team’s federal expertise.  Which is a good thought since T-Rump knows nothing about how the US works. But this guy brings baggage and enemies.

Preet Bharara - Former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, was known as one of Wall Street’s fiercest watchdogs and a widely respected prosecutor.  He first refused to resign along with 46 US attorneys across the country. Although it is common for incoming administrations to replace district attorneys when transitioning to power, Trump had previously assured Bharara that he'd keep his job.  Bharara felt blindsided by the request. He was fired after refusing to comply.

DOWD also has a temper and could put T-Rumps tweet and emails to shame. In one case he forwarded the following to a Journalist  at the Wall Street Journal. 

"This is the worst piece of whoring journalism I have read in a long time. How long are you going to suck US Attorney Preet Bharara’s teat? All to hurt a decent, honest witness, whom assistant US attorney Reed Brodsky could not lay a glove on.  It did not work. The jury was not impressed by the worst cross examination ever delivered. So in the style of Preet, try to smear him by working the sycophants in the back of the Courtroom. He learned from Schumer in the Senate… Preet is scared shitless he is going to lose this case so he feeds his whores at the WSJ. What a disgrace for an otherwise great paper”.

— John Dowd, partner at Akin Gump and defense lawyer to Raj Rajaratnam, in an irate email to Wall Street Journal reporter Chad Bray.

Ty Cobb: the special counsel to the White House
Ty Cobb — who, yes, is a distant relative of the famous baseball player of the same name — is the newest member of Trump’s team. It was only announced earlier this month that he would join as special counsel to the White House. Now he’s reportedly overseeing the White House’s legal and media response to the Russia investigation.

A former federal prosecutor and partner at the multinational law firm Hogan Lovells, Cobb specialized in bribery and corruption law and congressional investigations. His addition to the team sends a clear signal of how seriously Trump is taking mounting allegations.  

“He brings to the White House a lot of experience the president has not had,”  ( He’s recommended Cobb for the job, told USA Today.   The only experience the president has with balls are his personal balls and how tough he is, and how the women adore him.

Cobb, a prominent Washington white-collar lawyer who in the 1990s represented several Democrats under investigation during the Clinton era, was hired in part to help spearhead the internal Trump White House effort to respond to the expanding Russia investigations by Congress and special counsel Mueller. 

It’s no easy job, especially when Cobb's main client is apt to fume on Twitter about the “witch hunt” that has touched his closest family members, as the probes move from an examination of Russian meddling in the 2016 election into whether the president obstructed justice by firing the FBI director. 

“He knows how to handle a crisis situation,” said Robert Bennett, Cobb’s longtime law partner and a former attorney for President Bill Clinton. “He knows how to deal with the conflicting tensions of congressional and criminal investigations and the media. So the whole question is whether they will to listen to him, whether they’ll follow his advice.”

President Trump has for months decried the investigations into his campaign's ties to Russia as the greatest "witch hunt" in American political history. But Trump's quiet appointment of prominent Washington criminal attorney Ty Cobb as White House special counsel shows just how seriously he's taking them.

Yet by tapping former federal prosecutor Cobb as White House point man for the Russia probes, Trump is sending a clear signal that an internal legal bulwark is equally necessary to keep the administration from being consumed by the growing storm of questions about his campaign's ties to Russian-linked operatives. 

Cobb will come to the White House at a particularly tense time, after revelations the president's son, son-in-law, and former campaign chief took a highly controversial meeting in June 2016 in the hopes of obtaining damaging information about Hillary Clinton from the Russian government. And it's increasingly clear the current White House staff lacks the bandwidth to defend a president facing a criminal investigation.

Jay Sekulow: The Media Guru and Public Face of the Team -  Generally Spoken About as a Scumbag Lawyer who makes millions off the Evangelicals  

President Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow was on his weekday radio show, defending the president vociferously, when he took a pause to highlight a charity that has brought Sekulow and his family millions of dollars.

“Let me take off the hat of the president’s lawyer and put on the ACLJ hat,” he said, using the acronym for the American Center for Law and Justice. His June 16 program then cut to a plea for donations from audience members listening on 850 stations nationwide. “Now, more than ever,” a narrator said, “you need the ACLJ on your side.”

The segment illustrates how Sekulow, the most visible member of the legal team defending Trump in the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, is poised to capitalize on his new role.  This cretan has more spins than a Dreidle in a Yeshiva on Rosh Hashanah.

Before Trump hired him, Sekulow had built a powerful charity empire, leading a team of ACLJ attorneys who jump into high-profile court battles over such hot-button conservative issues as religious liberties and abortion. The ACLJ promotes its work zealously, noting that its representation is free of charge and dependent on the donations of supporters.

FREE?   That brought in nearly $230 million in charitable donations from 2011 to 2015 — and millions of those dollars ended up going to the members of the Sekulow family or their companies, a Washington Post analysis of IRS tax filings and business records in five states and the District found.

Through a complex arrangement involving ACLJ and another charity$5.5 million was paid directly to Sekulow and five family members in salary or other compensation, tax records covering those years show. Another $7.5 million went to businesses owned by Sekulow and his sister-in-law for producing and consulting on TV, movie and radio shows, including his weekday program, “Jay Sekulow Live!” And $21 million went to a small law firm co-owned by Sekulow, records show.

The public face of the two nonprofits is the ACLJ, the charity started by televangelist Pat Robertson in 1990 and known for its defense of Christian causes before the Supreme Court. Sekulow is its chief counsel.  Pat Robertson claims to have Gods cellphone number since he gets these messages and texts from him.

But in 2011, the ACLJ formalized an arrangement that first routes donations solicited in its name to the other nonprofit, Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism, or CASE, tax filings show. CASE is controlled entirely by Sekulow, his wife and his two sons, who serve as the only voting members on the board. The ACLJ relies on CASE for nearly its entire budget, $53 million in 2015, meaning the Sekulow’s effectively control both charities, nonprofit experts said.

NOTE:  The IRS needs to look into this scammer. And once again the frail and naive Evangelicals believe this man, besides his political cronies, and PACs what other than personal use is the money really used for.

Over two decades, Sekulow and his charities have faced criticism from watchdog groups. The charities have not responded to annual requests by the Better Business Bureau and CharityWatch to voluntarily release financial data and to clear up inquiries that members of the public have sent to the watchdog groups.

The ACLJ and CASE are not accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, a financial standard-bearer for over 2,000 Christian charities nationwide. 

Tax and nonprofit experts who reviewed recent disclosures by the charities at the request of The Post raised concerns about the family members’ salaries and said the charities do not meet the highest standards for transparency and accountability.

The composition of the board of CASE — four members of the same family, all paid — violates BBB standards calling for at least five independent board members and no more than one who receives a financial benefit from the charity, said Bennett Weiner, chief operating officer of the BBB’s Wise Giving Alliance.

Also, they said, it is highly unusual for a group’s chief counsel to receive money in the many ways Sekulow and his firms do.

“It’s more like a family business than a public charity,” said Daniel Borochoff, president of the American Institute of Philanthropy, which runs CharityWatch. “You would have to have a lot of trust in this family in order to want to give them your money.”

The Post left voice-mail messages for the Sekulows compensated by CASE or the ACLJ: Jay Sekulow; his wife, Pam; sons Logan and Jared Sekulow; as well as his brother Gary Sekulow and Gary’s son Adam. None returned calls. A person who answered the door Monday morning at the ACLJ’s Washington office, in a stately townhouse behind the Supreme Court, declined to comment.

An ACLJ spokesman directed questions about how Sekulow would be compensated for his work defending Trump to the president’s legal team and then did not respond to subsequent messages. A spokesman for Trump’s legal team did not return emails or phone calls.

As general counsel for the nonprofit Jews for Jesus, Sekulow — who himself had been born into a Jewish home and had  converted to Christianity — Simple answer...

ED-NOTE:  He probably converted because no Jew in their right mind wanted to have anything to do with him and basically Jewish people do not donate to frauds or crooks unless you own Casinos not on the European scale ratio standard of payback.

Jay Sekulow has become the face of Trump’s team after regularly appearing on Fox News, CNN, and other media outlets. When he does, he always defends Trump. In an interview with CNN earlier this month, for instance, Sekulow said the president “was not aware of a meeting” between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer.  Another frickin lie. he’s a lawyer..

Sekulow, the chief counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice, a conservative, Christian-based social organization, also adds a bit more experience to the mix. He’s argued 12 cases in front of the Supreme Court, including hearings on abortion rights and religious freedom. He also hosts his own radio talk show. 

President Trump's lawyer Jay Sekulow took to the Sunday shows with a pretty simple talking point: Trump is not under investigation. The problem is that, because of Trump's own actions — most notably when he tweeted “I am being investigated” — it was pretty easy to poke holes in Sekulow's defense.

And by the end, there were indeed holes. Sekulow struggled to square his version of events with Trump's comments, including arguing that Trump relied on the Justice Department's recommendations to fire FBI Director James B. Comey (Trump says those didn't matter) and even suggesting that an attorney-client privilege existed between Trump and Comey (who was not, in fact, Trump's lawyer). And when all was said and done, despite saying repeatedly that Trump is not under investigation, Sekulow acknowledged that he doesn't really know that for sure. (Oops.)

It was a tough day for a man with an impossible job. If White House press secretary Sean Spicer had the worst job in Washington, Sekulow might have the second-worst. And it showed on Sunday.  He redefines the word con.  He has made a fortune off of the uninformed and mislead far right evangelical and right wing ding dongs who still think women are made from mens ribs and the cave men killed the dinosaurs.

Michael Bowe: Kasowitz’s associate 
Michael Bowe is one of Kasowitz’s partners and has worked with him for more than two decades. Like his boss, Bowe has specialized in commercial, corporate, and real estate litigation on Wall Street. He has created a name for himself by regularly appearing on cable news outlets. He frequently appears on CNBC, Fox Business News, and Bloomberg, according to his firm’s website which touts him.

The National Law Journal has named partner Michael J. Bowe a “Litigation Trailblazer” in recognition of his innovative approach to path-breaking litigation.  Among Mr. Bowe’s noteworthy cases are a $6 billion RICO action on behalf of Fairfax Financial Holdings, the largest Canadian insurance company, against short-selling hedge funds, broker-dealers and others who conspired to engineer a bear raid on Fairfax’s stock.  The filing of the action stopped the conspiracy in its tracks and led to a huge increase in Fairfax’s market capitalization.  Mr. Bowe also represents Resolute Forest Products, a global leader in the forest products industry, in a suit against Greenpeace and others asserting RICO and common law claims arising from Greenpeace’s unlawful, defamatory and harassing campaign against Resolute. 

Most recently, Mr. Bowe obtained an unprecedented win for pro bono client Marine Corps Major Jason Brezler.  The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York granted summary judgment vacating a Navy Board of Inquiry recommendation to dismiss Major Brezler for sending confidential documents via his personal email to expose the sexual abuse of children by an Afghan police officer on a U.S. military base in Afghanistan. 

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