A lawyer representing President Donald Trump’s legal team says he will not appear on any TV shows that air in the coming weeks.
The decision is an indication of the uncertainty surrounding the president’s ability to use his office to defend himself from the growing number of lawsuits challenging his handling of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Pitaro, who is also a senior White House lawyer, has been working for the Trump Organization since at least 2009, and has said that he will be retained by the White House.
“The president has made clear he will take this issue to the courts, and he has told the American people he will do everything possible to defend his administration in any lawsuit,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
“This decision will help ensure that he remains in the White Court to defend our nation and our Constitution.”
Pitarro has been a key player in defending the president against the mounting number of legal challenges to his handling on the Russia probe, as well as lawsuits challenging other aspects of his administration.
He was among several prominent lawyers who filed suit against Trump in late 2016 alleging that he was illegally targeting the Democratic National Committee with voter-suppression efforts.
A judge in New York last month dismissed all the suits, finding that Trump had the power to investigate Russian election interference as long as he chose to, and dismissing one that sought to bar the president from the 2018 election.
Trump has continued to assert his authority over the investigation and, despite those victories, he has not made it clear whether he will seek a second term.