Trump’s personal Lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, is offering the president and his aides some very sloppy advice – advice that may get him in his own legal trouble.
Kasowitz is representing Trump in the Russian investigation; and according to Pro Publica, he’s been bragging that he played a central role in the firing of Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
According to four people familiar with the conversations, Kasowitz told Trump, “This guy [Bharara] is going to get you.”
As Rachel Maddow pointed out in the video below, Kasowitz’s advice to fire Bharara may not be entirely legal and he might need to shop for his own lawyer.
Kasowitz’s advice to Trump aides may also get him in trouble with the New York Bar Association for telling them they should discuss the Russia investigation as little as possible, and that it wasn’t yet necessary to hire private lawyers:
According to Lawfare.com:
“New York rules require lawyers to exercise great caution when interacting with persons not represented by counsel whose interests may be adverse to those of the lawyer’s client.
With so little detail about what was said, a definitive statement about the ethics of Kasowitz’s comments cannot be offered. But the reported conduct is troubling. New York Rule 4.3 states that:
The lawyer shall not give legal advice to an unrepresented person other than the advice to secure counsel if the lawyer knows or reasonably should know that the interests of such person are or have a reasonable possibility of being in conflict with the interests of the client.