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Trump chooses special counsel for Russia probe

AFP-Jiji WASHINGTON (AFP-Jiji) — U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday announced the appointment of a former federal prosecutor as special counsel, with U.S. media reporting that he would manage issues linked to the Russia probe.

The brief White House statement said Ty Cobb — a partner at the law firm Hogan Lovells in Washington — will serve as a “key member of the White House staff” as special counsel. He will handle White House media responses stemming from investigations into Moscow’s suspected meddling in the 2016 election and possible Trump campaign collusion, U.S. media reports said.

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