Trump dumps latest additions to legal team due to conflicts of interest

26 March, 2018, 01:39 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • John Dowd

One of Trump's defense attorneys, Jay Sekulow, announced last week that the president would hire Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing.

A lawyer who President Donald Trump said last week would come on board to help handle his response to Special Counsel Robert Mueller III's Russian Federation investigation will no longer be joining the legal team.

According to The Post, some law firms have said that they "do not want the controversy of representing a divisive and unpopular president" while others have claimed that they have existing clients presenting conflicts of interest should they also take on Trump as a client. "The president looks forward to working with them".

More broadly, Trump at this time now appears unlikely to try to bring in another outside lawyer, and the departure of Dowd essentially leaves Sekulow charting the legal strategy.

There's obviously a lot more to this than meets the eye, as both diGenova and Toensing are veteran Washington infighters with a detailed cemetery map.

His hiring came amid reports that another high-profile attorney Theodore B. Olson - who served as solicitor general under former president George W. Bush - had turned down an invitation to sign up for the Trump team.

Trump's attorneys, including Dowd, have been negotiating with Mueller over the scope and terms of an interview with Trump.


The daily, citing two sources familiar with the facts, said that the documents included written descriptions of key moments and incidents under investigation in the hope of reducing the possibility that Mueller might question the mogul.

And now, it seems that, for whatever reason, Trump is having difficulty filling slots on his legal team.

President Donald Trump on Sunday lashed out at suggestions that he was having difficulty hiring lawyers to help him handle the Russian Federation probe ― even as news emerged that he would not be hiring two attorneys who'd recently been tapped to join his embattled legal team.

Several investigations into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election have been launched since Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election.

John Dowd - the president's lead lawyer in the Mueller probe - resigned Thursday.

"There was NO COLLUSION with Russia" by Republicans, Trump said.

Mueller's recent push for an interview also signifies that his investigation into whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey previous year is most likely nearing its end. From the start, Sekulow and his staff of lawyers at the American Center for Law and Justice have done much of the work of reviewing documents and shaping the legal argument.

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