President Donald Trump's longtime lawyer Marc Kasowitz reportedly sent emails with a threatening tone to a stranger.
Kasowitz, who is representing Trump in matters regarding the ongoing investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, sent some profanity-filled emails to an unidentified man who is a retired public relations professional, notes ProPublica.
The man read a ProPublica article about Kasowitz and later sent him an email with the subject line "Resign Now."
In response, Kasowitz sent several emails back to the man. One of the emails read: "I’m on you now. You are f****** with me now Let’s see who you are. Watch your back, b****."
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Kasowitz later fired off another email that read: "Call me. Don’t be afraid, you piece of s***. Stand up. If you don’t call, you’re just afraid."
A third email from Kasowitz stated: "I already know where you live, I’m on you. You might as well call me. You will see me. I promise. Bro."
ProPublica reviewed IP addresses and mail servers and found that the emails came from Kasowitz's law firm.
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Kasowitz reportedly included a cellphone number in one of the emails; ProPublica confirmed the number is used by Kasowitz.
A spokesman for Kasowitz sent ProPublica a statement about the emails:
Mr. Kasowitz, who is tied up with client matters, said he intends to apologize to the writer of the email referenced in today’s ProPublica story. While no excuse, the email came at the end of a very long day that at 10 p.m. was not yet over.
"The person sending that email is entitled to his opinion and I should not have responded in that inappropriate manner," Mr. Kasowitz said. "I intend to send him an email stating just that. This is one of those times where one wishes he could reverse the clock, but of course I can’t."
The man originally wrote an email to Kasowitz based on a ProPublica story about Kasowitz not having a security clearance and not intending to apply for one, which could present a problem if Kasowitz is to effectively defend Trump on what may be top-secret matters.
ProPublica interviewed former and current Kasowitz employees who told the news site that Kasowitz has had problems with alcohol abuse, and went into rehab from late 2014 to early 2015.
ProPublica cited unidentified sources who said Kasowitz has been drinking over the past few months. The sources refused to allow their names to be used because of Kasowitz's purported reputation for threatening people with lawsuits.
Federal security experts told the news site that recent alcohol abuse would be a major problem in obtaining a security clearance, which requires interviews of one's family, friends and co-workers.
Alcohol abuse is a red flag because people struggling with that issue might make poor decisions or be blackmailed by third parties.
A spokesman for Kasowitz told ProPublica: "No one has suggested he requires a security clearance, there has been no need for a security clearance, and we do not anticipate a need for a security clearance. If and when a security clearance is needed, Mr. Kasowitz will apply for one with the other members of the legal team."
The spokesman would not address the alcohol abuse allegations, but said that Kasowitz is able to drink in moderation without problems.
After that ProPublica story ran and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow reported on it, Kasowitz’s spokesman, Michael Sitrick, told The American Lawyer: "Marc Kasowitz has not struggled with alcoholism. He has not come into the office intoxicated, attorneys have not had to go across the street to the restaurant during the workday to consult Kasowitz on work matters."