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Donald Trump Jr. speaks during the Indiana Republican Party 2017 Spring Dinner on Monday, May 8, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Donald Trump Jr. has hired a lawyer for the Russia probes


Donald Trump Jr. has hired a lawyer to represent him during any investigations dealing with Russia, according to Reuters.

Reuters reported Monday that Trump has hired New York attorney Alan Futerfas, whose specialty is criminal defense.

Futerfas would not say when he was retained or whether he was involved in statements Trump made last weekend about meeting a Russian lawyer in 2016.

“I look forward to assisting Donald Jr. and quite frankly, there is nothing to all of the media buzz about the June 9th, 2016 meeting,” he said. “That will be proven to be the case.”

Twitter users on Monday began commenting upon Trump’s decision, with some questioning Futerfas’ background and the motivations for firing him.

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders earlier Monday said Trump did nothing inappropriate by meeting with a Russian attorney during the 2016 presidential race.

“Don Jr. did not collude with anybody to influence the election,” she said during an off-camera briefing.

“Don Jr. took a very short meeting from which there was absolutely no follow-up,” Sanders added of Trump’s huddle with Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016.

Trump earlier Monday said he “had to listen” to Veselnitskaya for information the lawyer may have had.

The FBI and several congressional committees are probing Russian meddling in the 2016 race, including possible ties between Russia and President Trump’s election campaign.

President Trump has frequently described the investigations as a “witch hunt” aimed at undermining his win over Clinton last November.

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