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

SHORT RUN John Dowd President Trump’s top personal lawyer resigned yesterday after serving in that role since June 2017

SHORT RUN John Dowd President Trump’s top personal lawyer resigned yesterday after serving in that role since June 2017

Trump's observation that "Fame & fortune will NEVER be turned down by a lawyer" seemed meant to rebut stories that he is having trouble hiring top-flight legal talent.

Major firms such as Williams and Connolly and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher have turned him down in the previous year, citing conflicts, people familiar with the matter have told Reuters.

But within hours of Trump saying in a Twitter remark that he is "very happy" with his legal team, his personal attorney, Jay Sekulow, said that DiGenova and Toensing would not be among the lawyers defending Trump against allegations that his 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation to help him win and then obstructed justice to thwart the investigation. DiGenova's wife, Victoria Toensing, who is also a former prosecutor, planned to join the team as well.

Mr. Trump's attorney Jay Sekulow told Reuters Mr. diGenova's hiring is still being cleared after a review of potential conflict of interests. He said the conflicts would not prevent them from assisting Trump "on other legal matters".

The president's comments were reminiscent of his remarks earlier this month in response to claims of staff unhappiness that "everybody wants to work in the White House". "Problem is that a new", the president tweeted Sunday morning.

The announcement leaves a gaping hole in Trump's team. While Sekulow still works for Trump, he is best known as an advocate for conservative religious causes, not as a defense attorney.

The president said Friday at the White House he was "very disappointed" in the package, in part because it didn't fully pay for his border wall. Toensing represents several former Trump officials - including ex-spokesman Mark Corallo and former adviser Sam Clovis - who've met with Mueller's investigators.

DiGenova and Toensing are married to each other and law partners.

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

The absence of legal talent behind the president stands in contrast to the special counsel's bench.

Trump has denounced the investigation as a "witch hunt". "Fame & fortune will NEVER be turned down by a lawyer, though some are conflicted", Trump said on Twitter.

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

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.

DiGenova has been a Fox News contributor who's regularly accused the Justice Department of trying to frame the President.

On March 11, Trump also posted that he was happy with his legal team.

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