As the Russia investigation took center stage once again in the headlines, Jared Kushner reshuffled his legal team while his father-in-law added a new face to the battalion of lawyers representing him in the sprawling federal inquiry.
Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and one of his top White House advisers, tapped high-profile trial lawyer Abbe Lowell to take over his representation in Russia-related matters. That role was previously filled by Jamie Gorelick, a former deputy attorney general in the Clinton Administration who navigated Kushner through federal ethics rules during his transition to the White House.
The shuffle appears to be tied to the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation in May. Mueller and Gorelick both worked at the prominent WilmerHale law firm, reportedly raising questions among some in Kushner’s orbit about possible conflicts of interest. In mid-June, Gorelick said her team “advised Mr. Kushner to obtain the independent advice of a lawyer with appropriate experience as to whether he should continue with us as his counsel.”
In a statement Friday, Gorelick said she would continue to represent Kushner in other ethics-related matters. “As we have stated, once Bob Mueller and three of our partners left the firm to form the Special Counsel's Office, we advised Jared to get independent legal advice on whether to continue with us as counsel,” she said. “As a result of this process, Jared decided that Abbe would represent him in the Russia-related inquiries.”