Two members of President Trump’s legal team departed Thursday, CBS News has confirmed.
Marc Kasowitz is no longer Mr. Trump’s personal attorney, CBS News’ Major Garrett reports. Kasowitz’s spokesman, Mark Corallo, has resigned, Garrett reports.
The reason for the departures were not immediately known.
Kasowitz has represented Mr. Trump since the early 2000s, including representing Mr. Trump in the Trump University fraud case.
Kasowitz recently made headlines when he sent threatening emails to a retired public relations professional who said Kasowitz should resign. In his first response, Kasowitz wrote “F*** you,” according to ProPublica. Kasowitz wrote a number of emails after that, including one that said “And you don’t know me, but I will know you How dare you send me an email like that I’m on you now You are f****** with me now Let’s see who you are Watch your back, b****.”
Kasowitz later apologized.
Corallo is a longtime GOP operative who worked for the House committee that investigated President Clinton in the 1990s before going to the Justice Department under former Attorney General John Ashcroft, according to Politico. Politico reports had been handling the White House’s defense of the Russia investigation.
Mr. Trump’s legal team is now composed of Ty Cobb, Jay Sekulow and John Dowd. Cobb joined Mr. Trump’s legal team earlier this week.
Mr. Trump’s legal team has been pushing back against Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, trying to keep it from expanding into Mr. Trump and his family’s business ties and finances, Garrett reports. The president’s legal team is trying to keep the special counsel focused, to the extent it can, on the Russia angle. In an interview The New York Times published on Wednesday, Mr. Trump called the special counsel’s investigation a “violation,” saying it crossed a red line.
With multiple and overlapping probes from the special counsel’s office to the Capitol, some investigators are also looking into purchases of units in Trump properties. Mr. Trump told the Times “it’s possible there’s a condo or something,” but he said that he doesn’t make any money off Russia.
CBS News’ Pat Milton confirmed Thursday that Mueller is investigating the business dealings of Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager. The U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan had been looking into Manafort, according to a source, but now that probe has been turned over to Mueller’s investigators.
Investigators have also been looking into whether there are any financial links between Trump and/or his associates, related to the probe into possible collusion with the Russians.