ZTE Corp, the Chinese telecom that President Trump in April sanctioned for selling American technology to Iran and North Korea, has hired his law firm Kasowitz Benson Torres, for legal matters.
Former Connecticut Senator and Democratic VP nominee Joe Lieberman heads KBT's team. He's senior counsel there.
Lieberman, who is working with his former Senate chief of staff Clarine Nardi Riddle, is putting together an assessment of concerns that Members of Congress, Executive Branch and US businesses "may have about any national security vulnerabilities and risks that ZTE products may pose in the US," according to KBT's federal filing.
Following completion of the assessment, Lieberman's team will submit a report to ZTE about existing concerns and "appropriate measures that may be taken to resolve/or ameliorate them."
Though KTE will not be lobbying for ZTE, it registered the work with the government "in the interest of transparency and caution because we will be talking with Members and other covered officials as part of the assessment."
Trump reconsidered the sanctions in May "as a personal favor to Chinese president Xi Jinping," according to Bloomberg.
In July, the Commerce Dept. lifted its sanctions after ZTE paid a $1.4B penalty.