Two new lawyer hires announced last week now won’t be joining President Trump’s legal team that is helping him navigate the Russia investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
‘The president is disappointed that conflicts prevent Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing from joining the president’s special counsel legal team,’ the president’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow said in a statement Sunday to the New York Times.
Sekulow said that the two lawyers would still be able to assist the president with matters outside the Russia probe and so ‘the president looks forward to working with them.’
The news comes after President Trump fumed on Twitter Sunday morning over the media narrative that he’s having trouble finding legal representation.
‘Many lawyers and top law firms want to represent me in the Russia case…don’t believe the Fake News narrative that it is hard to find a lawyer who wants to take this on,’ Trump wrote.
President Trump’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow told the New York Times that two of the attorneys who were supposed to join the president’s special counsel legal team would not be doing so because of ‘conflicts’
Attorneys Joe diGenova (left) and Victoria Toensing (right) had been announced as hires for the president’s legal team dealing with the Mueller probe. On Sunday, another attorney for the president told the New York Times that they had ‘conflicts’ preventing that from hap
President Trump dashed off two tweets early Sunday morning arguing that his legal team for the Russia probe was in good shape
President Trump waves as he leaves Mar-a-Lago on Sunday. Earlier, he took to Twitter to protest a media narrative that he was having trouble finding lawyers to join his team handling his response to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe
‘Fame & fortune will NEVER be turned down by a lawyer, though some are conflicted,’ the president continued, foreshadowing the announcement that his two latest hires wouldn’t be joining the team.
The president said the problem is that a ‘new lawyer or law firm will take months to get up to speed (if for no other reason than they can bill more), which is unfair to our great country.’
And he said he was ‘happy with my existing team.’
That team is one player down after attorney John Dowd announced that he was leaving.
Dowd had been key to molding Trump’s legal defense in the special counsel’s Russia investigation.
Trump’s attorneys, including Dowd, have been negotiating with special counsel Robert Mueller over the scope and terms of an interview with Trump.
Dowd, according to the New York Times, resigned after Trump signaled he planned to ignore the lawyer’s advice and sit down for an interview with investigators.
Dowd, the Times said, viewed the interview as too risky.
The choice of diGenova also seemed risky as he had floated conspiracy theories on the Fox News Channel that the FBI and the Department of Justice had framed the president on the Russia matter.
Meanwhile, Trump again publicly said he wished to sit down with Mueller, telling reporters at the White House ‘I would like to’ when asked whether he would meet with the special counsel.
Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether there was any collusion with the Trump campaign.
Trump once again on Sunday insisted there was ‘NO COLLUSION.’