Donald Trump Scraps Plan to Hire Two Lawyers, Citing Conflicts

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26 March, 2018

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President Donald Trump pushed back Sunday morning on reports that he has struggled to find attorneys from reputable firms with experience in high-stakes executive branch investigations who would be willing to represent him in the Russian Federation probe. Many law firms were tired of representing the president, and others have turned him down due to conflicts of interest with other clients, the paper reported.

Facing conflicts, Joe diGenova and his wife, Victoria Toensing, will not be joining the president's legal team, ABC News confirms. "However, those conflicts do not prevent them from assisting the president in other legal matters", Mr. Sekulow said.

On Sunday, U.S. President Donald Trump declared that a search to find a lawyer to replace John Dowd would not be an issue and that law firms would line up to take the case.

"We thank the president for his confidence in us and we look forward to working with him" on other matters, Toensing said in a statement on behalf of both her and diGenova. DiGenova declined to comment further.

While Sekulow is best know as a defender of religious liberties, he has a strong background in constitutional law, and a key part of Trump's defense will be the constitutional powers and protection of the president. Corallo previously told BuzzFeed News that he had signed a conflicts waiver that would allow the firm to represent Trump.

This is at least the second major reshuffling of Trump's legal team in the a year ago.

Corallo on Thursday said that he had formally waived any conflict involving Toensing's work for Trump.

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The absence of legal talent behind the president stands in contrast to the special counsel's bench. Dowd had touted the cooperation of the White House and Trump campaign with Mueller.

The New York Times reported that Trump had also met with another lawyer, Emmet Flood, who has not joined his team of lawyers.

"Many lawyers and top law firms want to represent me in the Russian Federation case", he said. "Fame & fortune will NEVER be turned down by a lawyer, though some are conflicted", Trump posted on Twitter.

Trump has professed satisfaction with his lawyers before, prior to previous shakeups.

"I am very happy with my existing team", he tweeted. Three days later, diGenova's hiring has unravelled.

Trump's legal team is now in the midst of a shakeup as the president adopts a more aggressive approach toward Mueller. More could be following.

The president is also reportedly weighing whether to fire Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer who has advocated for a cooperative approach toward Mueller.


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