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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has become the latest senior Trump administration official to hire a private attorney, a Justice Department spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
Sessions has retained Washington-based lawyer Charles Cooper, whom spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores described as a long-time friend of the former senator.
She did not say when Cooper was hired or whether he would be Sessions' defense lawyer in the federal probe into alleged Russian interference in last year's presidential election and possible collusion by Trump's campaign team.
Cooper was present at Sessions' confirmation hearing and again when he testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this month.