Law Firm Representing Trump on Business Conflicts Won ‘Russia Firm of the Year’ in 2016

Should we add this to Donald Trump’s Russia woes?

The law firm assigned with untangling the president-elect’s conflicts of business interests received an award for “Russia Law Firm of the Year” last year.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has offices in more than two dozen cities, including Moscow. And it’s the firm’s Moscow office that received the award from law firm reviewers Chambers and Partners at their European awards ceremony last April.

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In their award winners list, Chambers praised Morgan Lewis for its “top-level advice in regards to the energy sector” and “very strong banking and M&A teams.”

Sheri Dillon, the Morgan Lewis tax lawyer who spoke at Trump’s press conference on Wednesday, joined the law firm in 2015 and was one of the lawyers who confirmed that Trump was under audit in a letter released last March.

“President-elect Trump wants there to be no doubts in the mind of the American people that he is separating himself from his business interests,” Dillon said Wednesday. She also said Trump and his daughter Ivanka would resign from all positions he holds with the Trump Organization, with Trump’s sons managing his company with no input from the president-elect.

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Morgan Lewis also represented Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential campaign through another lawyer, James Hamilton. Hamilton served as a major figure in the vetting process for Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, and would have been part of Clinton’s transition team had she won the election.

Fun fact: Dillon isn’t necessarily all in on being pro-Trump. According to political donor database OpenSecrets, Dillon donated $1,500 to Hillary Clinton in 2007 during her presidential primary campaign.

Reporters, including Foreign Policy’s Robbie Gramer were quick to pick up on the ironic factoid about the firm’s Russia award:

Law firm overseeing Trump’s compliance w his business, Morgan Lewis, was named “Russia Law Firm of the Year” in 2016 https://t.co/huTJX3oIF1

— Robbie Gramer (@RobbieGramer) January 11, 2017

NEW: The law firm representing Trump during today’s news conference won Russia Law Firm of the Year award in 2016. @NBCNews https://t.co/Aq1gpqUWAU

— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) January 11, 2017

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Morgan Lewis declined to comment for this story.

Brian Flood contributed to this story.

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Donald Trump Press Conference: 11 Wildest, Most Memorable Quotes

Donald Trump held his first press conference in 167 days on Wednesday at Trump Tower in New York and things got heated quickly as the president-elect was combative with members of the news media.

The wide-ranging press conference was both combative and enlightening, with the president-elect touching on a variety of topics, ranging from Russia to the mainstream media.

Here are the 11 most memorable quotes:

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1. On a controversial tweet in which Trump compared America to Nazi Germany when he suggested the intelligence community might have allowed the Russian dossier to leak to the press

“I think it’s a disgrace. And I say that, and I say that. And as something that Nazi Germany would have done — and they do.”

2. On the inauguration, which, as first reported by TheWrap, Trump has found it difficult to land big-name performers

“I look very much forward to the inauguration. It’s going to be a beautiful event. We have great talent, tremendous talent. And we have all of the bands — or most of the bands from the different segments of the military. And I’ve heard some of these bands over the years — they’re incredible. We’re going to have a very, very elegant day.”

3. On Russian hacking

“I think it was Russia. But I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people.”

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4. On his tax returns

“I’m not releasing the tax returns because, as you know, they’re under audit… The only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters. They’re the only ones.”

5. On his relationship with Vladimir Putin

“Well, if Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability. Because we have a horrible relationship with Russia. Russia can help us fight ISIS.”

6. On the content of the Russian dossier, which included the now-infamous “golden shower” allegations

“It’s all fake news. It’s phony stuff. It did not happen. And it was gotten by opponents of ours, as you know because you reported it and so did many of the other people. It was a group of opponents they got together — sick people — and they put that crap together,” Trump said. “So I will tell you that not within the meeting, but outside the meeting, somebody released it. It should never have been — number one, should never have even entered paper. But it should never have been released. But I read what has been released, and I think it’s a disgrace. I think it’s an absolute disgrace.”

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7. On what he would have done to a staffer that spoke about him the way Clinton campaign manger John Podesta spoke of Hillary in leaked emails

“If somebody said about me what Podesta said about Hillary, I was the boss, I would have fired him immediately. Or that person. Because what he said about her was horrible.”

8. On a fence along the Mexican border

“It’s not a fence, it’s the wall. You just misreported it. We’re going to build a wall.”

9. On BuzzFeed publishing the controversial Russian dossier

“As far as BuzzFeed, which is a failing pile of garbage, writing it, I think they’re going to suffer the consequences.”

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10. On CNN

“Your organization is terrible… You are fake news.”

11. On details of the dossier that could be used for blackmail, such as the ‘golden showers” story

“Does anyone really believe that story? I’m also very much of a germaphobe, by the way. Believe me.”

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Newswire: Thank fuck, someone made a better shower beer

Good afternoon! We are nine days from the inauguration of Donald Trump, who spent this morning giving his first press conference as president-elect, in which he casually acknowledged that Russian hackers had played a role in his victory, laid out his plans to continue attracting conflicts of interest by flatly refusing to divest himself from his business, shrugged off calls to release his tax returns, compared America’s own intelligence community to Nazi Germany, and—in a first for a presidential press conference—railed openly against the assembled reporters, including deeming Buzzfeed a “failing pile of garbage” and declaring that it would soon “suffer the consequences,” as well as refusing to take a question from a CNN reporter because the network is—along with all the other media outlets who publish negative stories about him—“fake news,” then threatening to kick him out if he ever tries asking questions again …

CNN Denies Donald Trump’s ‘Fake News’ Allegations: ‘We Are Fully Confident in Our Reporting’

That didn’t take long.

CNN has already released a statement responding to Donald Trump’s allegation that CNN is “fake news” during his first press conference as president-elect on Wednesday.

“CNN’s decision to publish carefully sourced reporting about the operations of our government is vastly different than BuzzFeed’s decision to publish unsubstantiated memos,” the network said. “The Trump team knows this. They are using BuzzFeed’s decision to deflect from CNN’s reporting, which has been matched by the other major news organizations.”

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“We are fully confident in our reporting,” the statement continued. “It represents the core of what the First Amendment protects, informing the people of the inner workings of their government; in this case, briefing materials prepared for President Obama and President-elect Trump last week. We made it clear that we were not publishing any of the details of the 35-page document because we have not corroborated the report’s allegations. Given that members of the Trump transition team have so vocally criticized our reporting, we encourage them to identify, specifically, what they believe to be inaccurate.”

Trump scolded the network during his press conference on Wednesday and refused to take a question from CNN’s Jim Acosta.

“Your organization is terrible, don’t be rude,” the president-elect said. “No, I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news.”

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Trump accused CNN of reporting details from a 35-page intelligence document that the reporters were not able to independently corroborate.
As soon as the press conference ended, Tapper argued, “That’s not true. That’s false. CNN never did that.”
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Donald Trump on ‘Golden Showers’ Claim: Nope, I’m a Germaphobe

Donald Trump discussed a dossier of information released by BuzzFeed during his press conference on Wednesday, saying nobody should believe the lewd claims because, for one, he is a “germaphobe.”

“I tell this to people all the time, I was in Russia years ago… I told many people, ‘Be careful because you don’t want to see yourself on television. Cameras are all over the place,’” Trump said. “Does anyone really believe that story?”

Trump continued: ‘I’m also very much of a germaphobe, by the way. Believe me.”

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Trump also called the unverified dossier on ties to Russia “fake news” and “phony stuff” crafted by “sick people” during his first press conference in nearly six months.

BuzzFeed reported Tuesday that a dossier “making explosive — but unverified” allegations has been circulating for weeks among elected officials, intelligence agents and reporters. It alleges that the Russian government has been “cultivating, supporting and assisting” Trump for years.

CNN reported Tuesday both President Barack Obama and Trump were given a two-page synopsis of the report, which sounds pretty awkward, when you hear what it’s about. It includes what BuzzFeed calls “specific, unverified, and potentially unverifiable allegations of contact between Trump aides and Russian operatives, and graphic claims of sexual acts documented by the Russians.”

Those include this one:

“According to Source D, where s/he had been present, TRUMP’s (perverted) conduct in Moscow included hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew President and Mrs OBAMA (whom he hated) had stayed on one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) in front of him.”

As Trump said, a well-known germaphobe wouldn’t be into such acts.

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Trump Dossier: Which Media Outlets Used Term ‘Golden Showers’?

News organizations were put in an awkward situation on Tuesday when the term “golden showers” took the nation by storm, but most decision makers decided to go a different route when reporting the news of a Russian dossier.

BuzzFeed sent the internet into a frenzy on Tuesday when it published a collection of memos accusing Trump of improper contact with Russian officials — and alleging the former reality TV star arranged “golden showers” with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room.

CNN posted a story earlier Tuesday citing documents that included allegations that Russian operatives have compromising personal information on the president-elect, but declined to publish the raw files. BuzzFeed had no such compunction, publishing the full, unverified document from a person purporting to be a former British intelligence agent.

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The documents included this one:

“According to Source D, where s/he had been present, TRUMP’s (perverted) conduct in Moscow included hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew President and Mrs OBAMA (whom he hated) had stayed on one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) in front of him.”

So who reported it?

The New York Post published a scathing column, saying BuzzFeed’s decision to print the dossier “takes fake news to a new level,” but it never mentions the term “golden shower” in the process.

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CNN did not use the term “golden shower” and the network’s chief national security correspondent Jim Scuitto discussed why certain elements of the dossier were withheld.

“Our decision was based on this, We at CNN could not independently confirm the allegations, some of which are salacious and very personal,” Sciutto said on air. “Because we couldn’t it was our editorial decision not to put them out there in public.”

NBC News did not use the term, nor did its cable news counterpart MSNBC. Wednesday afternoon, Brian Williams referred to it as “compromising information.” ABC News did not cover the “golden showers” section of the dossier during “World News Tonight.”

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It does not appear that the term was mentioned on Fox News, but a network spokeswoman could not confirm whether or not a guest mentioned it at some point. Incoming Press Secretary Sean Spicer appeared on various morning news shows to bash the BuzzFeed report as “garbage,” and refrained from using the term.

The New York Times mentioned the situation, but chose not to use the term “golden showers.”

“The memos describe sex videos involving prostitutes with Mr. Trump in a 2013 visit to a Moscow hotel. The videos were supposedly prepared as ‘kompromat,’ or compromising material, with the possible goal of blackmailing Mr. Trump in the future,” the Times printed.

A Times spokeswoman sent TheWrap a section of the paper’s in-house style guide when asked to explain its decision.

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“Obscenity, vulgarity, profanity. The Times writes unblushingly about sexual behavior, science, health, crime and similar subjects, opening its report to any newsworthy detail, provided the approach is dignified and the vocabulary clinical rather than coarse. In these situations, writers and editors avoid evasiveness and euphemism, which would be a disservice to readers who need to understand issues,” The guide states. “But The Times very rarely publishes obscene words, and it maintains a steep threshold for vulgar ones. In part the concern is for the news report’s welcome in classrooms and on breakfast tables in diverse communities nationwide. But there is a larger concern. The Times differentiates itself by taking a stand for civility in public discourse, sometimes at an acknowledged cost in the vividness of an article or two, and sometimes at the price of submitting to gibes. “

Other news organizations had fun with the creepy term, while some left-leaning websites reported it as news.

The Huffington Post published a story titled, “Look, These ‘Golden Shower’ Jokes Are Just Funny, OK?” The article admits the claims might not be true. The Mirror published a story headlined, “Golden Showers for PEETUS: The 11 funniest responses to the Donald Trump Watersportsgate claims.”

The Daily Beast took the report seriously, with a headline, “Report: Russia Has Trump ‘Golden Showers’ Blackmail.”

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Donald Trump Compares America to Nazi Germany, Twitter Goes Wild

President-elect Donald Trump is fuming that the intelligence community allowed a Russian dossier with “golden shower” claims to end up in the hands of media members and, as a result, took to Twitter to ask if we are living in Nazi Germany.

Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to “leak” into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017

Obviously, Twitter went wild.

One user asked, “Help me understand, in this bizarrely troubling ‘Nazi Germany’ metaphor Trump used, is he Hitler or a persecuted Jew facing the Holocaust?”

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Another said, “Make no mistake: This is a shot at our intel community. Think about that. He just compared it to Nazi Germany.”

Many users made jokes, but others took the tweet more seriously. One user wrote, “Making inaccurate Holocaust references is inherently revisionist. This is not Nazi Germany. By saying so you reject what actually happened.”

Check out some of the reaction:

Trump compares the CIA fueled campaign against him to Nazi Germany. Major reform of US intel services on the cards? https://t.co/1w1eczebup

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 11, 2017

You can’t make this stuff up. Prez-elect endorsed by neo-Nazis asks, days away from his own inauguration, ‘Are we living in Nazi Germany?’

— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) January 11, 2017

What is it exactly that Trump thinks happened in Nazi Germany? https://t.co/MZpyyLL5tT

— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) January 11, 2017

Why is #NaziGermany trending… oh wait there. I know. #gonehomeTrumpyouredrunk

Stephen Cooper (@Steve5by5) January 11, 2017

Dear @realDonaldTrump we are not #NaziGermany. I am so angry about you. You are not a @POTUS because you learn nothing about other countrys

— HuntedAngel (@HuntedAngel1) January 11, 2017

Trump: “Are we living in Nazi Germany?”
Do you really want to go there? …and who’s about to be leader of “Nazi Germany”? Ahem…

— Craig Rozniecki (@CraigRozniecki) January 11, 2017

DJT asking if we “live in Nazi Germany” after the last 18 months is so rich that the Surgeon General is warning us to avoid having too much.

— Jane Coaston (@cjane87) January 11, 2017

Funny to see all the selective outrage about Nazi Germany tweet considering how many folks have spent the last yr comparing Trump to Hitler.

— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) January 11, 2017

Yes, because the leaking of fake news was quite the worst thing about living in Nazi Germany. https://t.co/QXq65EKkRP

— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) January 11, 2017

This A.M., Trump tweets on new Russia claims: ‘Are we living in Nazi Germany?” https://t.co/7vTTrJWTWi

— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) January 11, 2017

Help me understand, in this bizarrely troubling ‘Nazi Germany’ metaphor Trump used, is he Hitler or a persecuted Jew facing the Holocaust? pic.twitter.com/iIZaScyZvn

— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) January 11, 2017

Please keep Nazi Germany out of it, @realdonaldtrump! #unfair ☹️

— Adolf Twitler (@therealfuehrer) January 11, 2017

@realDonaldTrump “Are we living in Nazi Germany?” pic.twitter.com/j6zAeOJmoC

— Charles Gaba (@charles_gaba) January 11, 2017

Do we think maybe Trump does not actually know what “Nazi Germany” means https://t.co/oKkOJSML9n

— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) January 11, 2017

The President-elect of the United States wonders aloud whether the country he has been elected to lead is actually Nazi Germany.

— Narrated President (@NarratedPOTUS) January 11, 2017

My take: We are not living in Nazi Germany. https://t.co/6WIDifdLUF

— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) January 11, 2017

.@realDonaldTrump Nazi Germany suppressed unflattering, dissenting info, kind of like what you’re trying to do.

— Aléx Young​ (@AlexYoung) January 11, 2017

Making inaccurate Holocaust references is inherently revisionist. This is not Nazi Germany. By saying so you reject what actually happened.

— Zachary Schaffer (@ZacharySchaffer) January 11, 2017

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This all started when BuzzFeed sent the Internet into a frenzy on Tuesday when it published a collection of memos accusing Trump of improper contact with Russian officials — and alleging the former reality TV star arranged “golden showers” with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room.

CNN previously posted a story citing documents including allegations that Russian operatives have compromising personal information on the president-elect, but declined to publish the raw files. BuzzFeed had no such compunction, publishing the full, unverified document from a person purporting to be a former British intelligence agent.

Trump and his team have repeatedly called the information “fake news.”

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