Lawyers upon lawyers upon lawyers: In Trump World, everyone has an attorney

It’s hard to keep track of all the lawyers and what they do. There’s Jay Sekulow, the former lead attorney for Jews for Jesus and a radio talk-show personality, who represents Trump personally. There’s Don McGahn, the former Federal Election Commission member and bar band guitarist, who represents the office of the presidency.

After it was revealed that Donald Trump Jr. took a meeting with a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin, the president’s son hired two of his own lawyers, Alan Futerfas and Karina Lynch, to help him through the mess.

Normally, a D.C. scandal is a gold mine for white-shoe law firms, for people who don’t blush when they’re referred to as “the smartest man in Washington.” In this case, several top law firms turned down the opportunity to represent Trump as the Russia investigation plays out. One exception: Abbe Lowell, the famed fixer and one of the “smartest men in Washington,” joined Jared Kushner’s legal team last month and this week expanded his portfolio to include Kushner’s wife, Ivanka Trump.