Trump and his organization lawyer up for the ethics war ahead
Nobody in Washington ever went wrong by hiring more lawyers, and now President Trump and the Trump Organization are beefing up their legal teams against an expected surge of conflict-of-interest allegations.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday that four lawyers are joining the office of White House General Counsel Don McGahn, specifically to handle ethics issues. In New York, the Trump Organization has acquired its own Washington counsel to oversee the firewall created to separate Trump from the company he will continue to own.
Trump announced the firewall arrangement two weeks ago. He takes office owning a worldwide empire of hundreds of business entities, including hotels, office and residential buildings, and golf courses bearing his name. He has refused to sell them or put them in a blind trust, as past presidents have done.