2 lawyers not joining Trump legal team after all

Trump Won't Hire 2 Lawyers Whose Appointments Were Announced Days Ago

The duo, Joe DiGenova and Victoria Toensing, apparently have a conflict of interest that prevents them defending Trump in the special counsel investigation by Robert Mueller, according to The New York Times.

Trump's legal team, according to the same sources, is concerned that the magnate might expose himself legally in a lengthy interview, above all because of his well-known tendency for making imprecise and/or factually inaccurate statements.

The quick reversal is likely to add to the perception that Trump's legal representation is in disarray as his lawyers have been negotiating the terms of a possible interview with the president.

Sekulow said diGenova and Toensing, who are married to each other, will be "assisting the President in 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".

The latest development comes one week after Jay Sekulow, one of Trump's other lawyers, said that Joseph diGenova, a Republican and former USA attorney who has frequently criticized the Russian Federation investigation in television appearances, was going to represent Trump. Meanwhile, special counsel Robert Mueller III and his investigators have intensified their focus on Trump's actions. Since then, the president has struggled to find top-notch defence lawyers willing to represent him, The Washington Post reported last week.

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US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on prison reform in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Sekulow did not specify the conflict, but the couple's firm has represented other clients in the special counsel's investigation, including former Trump campaign adviser Sam Clovis.

"Many lawyers and top law firms want to represent me in the Russian Federation case. don't believe the Fake News narrative that it is hard to find a lawyer who wants to take this on", the President wrote in a pair of tweets. Trump said that "much can be done" with the funding that is allocated for the wall and that this is "just a down payment".

"Fame & fortune will NEVER be turned down by a lawyer, though some are conflicted", Trump continued in a pair of tweets on the subject.

Today's announcement came just hours after Trump used Twitter to push back against reports that he's having difficulty adding to his legal team, saying he was "very happy" with his current attorneys.

"There was NO COLLUSION with Russia" by Republicans, Trump said. Six major figures, including his secretary of State, national security advisor and chief economic advisor, have been pushed out or announced their resignations in the last three weeks.

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