President Trump Hires Special Counsel

President Donald Trump has added a special counsel to the White House staff as he continues to face scrutiny over allegations his campaign may have colluded with Russia during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

The president continues to dismiss the drumbeat of media revelations as fake news driven by Democrats looking to delegitimize his presidency, but he has also tapped Ty Cobb—partner in the investigations practice of D.C. firm Hogan Lovells, which also has a strong communications practice—to be special counsel.

Lanny Davis, former special counsel to President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal that resulted in impeachment proceedings, had some crisis management advice for Cobb in an op ed—"Tell It Early, Tell It All, Tell It Yourself."

Davis said Clinton agreed with that pro-active strategy and that Cobb will need the president to "authorize you to call in all reporters, with all the relevant documents, dump them in the middle of a conference room, and tell them: Read them, ask me all your questions, and go write?"

That sounds like a tall order for a current president who continues to attack negative stories as fake news that is a threat to the Republic.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.