Alan Futerfas ()
Just like his father, Donald Trump Jr. has turned for representation to a New York lawyer who is relatively unknown in Washington political circles.
Trump Jr., in the spotlight this week for reports that he met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer during the presidential election last year, has hired criminal defense attorney Alan Futerfas amid investigations into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the election.
In a brief interview Monday, Futerfas confirmed that President Donald Trump’s eldest son had retained him.
“He didn’t do anything wrong,” Futerfas said of Trump Jr. “This is a lot of noise, but at the end of the day there’s nothing.”
Futerfas said he is the only attorney representing Trump Jr. for the investigation. The attorney, who runs a four-lawyer firm, the Law Offices of Alan S. Futerfas, was hired through a referral, he said, declining to say who gave the referral or when he was hired. Reuters first reported the hire on Monday.
A special counsel and congressional committees are investigating the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia. President Trump himself has retained Marc Kasowitz, head of New York firm Kasowitz Benson Torres.
The New York Times reported Sunday that Trump Jr. was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton before agreeing to meet last year with a Russian attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya.
Asked about the Times’ report, Futerfas said “there was certainly an indication that the information would be helpful to the campaign.” Futerfas said “the person who came to the meeting” made comments that “didn’t make any sense” and pivoted to talking about Russian adoptions. The meeting then ended, he said.
“It’s quite a media buzz about a single meeting where nothing happened and nothing occurred, there was no follow-up to it,” he added. “I’m not concerned in the slightest.”
Futerfas said Trump Jr. hired an attorney because congressional committee members are interested in speaking with him. “So you get a lawyer,” he said. But he said investigators have not contacted his client.
Futerfas said he has represented clients in white-collar and regulatory investigation matters for the last 15 or 20 years, while a part of his practice has included organized crime cases.
Futerfas also referred to a statement Trump Jr. made to the Times. According to the Times report, that statement said the Russian attorney who met with Trump Jr. last year “stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Mrs. Clinton. Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information.”
The statement added that she then turned the conversation to the adoption of Russia children and an American law targeting suspected Russian human rights abusers. “It became clear to me that this was the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting,” the statement said.
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