TRUMP’S LONGTIME LAWYER NOW REPRESENTING SBERBANK, RUSSIA’S LARGEST BANK

1.Sberbank is Russia’s largest bank.
2.Sberbank sponsored Trump’s Ms. Universe competition in Moscow in 2013.

3.Trump’s personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, of Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP, is now representing Sberbank.

4.Another partner of Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP, David Friedman, is Trump’s ambassador to Israel.

5.At Ms. Universe 2013, Trump was photographed with Aras Agalarov, a Russian oligarch close with Vladimir Putin (see photo).

One of President Donald Trump’s personal attorneys was just named a lead attorney to defend Russia’s largest state-run bank against claims that it helped a granite-mining company raid and kill off its main competitor in the Russian market.

Marc E. Kasowitz is representing OJSC Sberbank of Russia, which is accused in US federal court of conspiring with granite company executives — including Russia’s former minister of economy and trade — in what the plaintiffs say amounts to a “textbook case of Russian corporate raiding.”

Kasowitz has served as an attorney for Trump for more than 15 years. He did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Trump’s 2012 Miss Universe competition was sponsored by Sberbank.

In 2001, Kasowitz’s firm represented the Trump Organization during a bond restructuring for his Atlantic City casinos.

In 2006, he filed a $5 billion defamation lawsuit against the author of a book about Trump. And twice last year, Kasowitz threatened the New York Times after it published three pages of tax returns and a story about women who claim the president sexually assaulted them.

In December, Trump named another partner at Kasowitz’s firm, David Friedman, to serve as the ambassador to Israel. In a contentious vote earlier this month, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the nomination, which now awaits a full vote in the Senate.

The Sberbank lawsuit was filed in late November in the Southern District of New York and unsealed in January.

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