President Trump's legal team in Russian Federation probe remains in flux
- Author: Rogelio Becker Mar 26, 2018,
Mar 26, 2018, 0:44
The announcement was made last Monday by Jay Sekulow, counsel to the President, but it appears he may have jumped the gun as it is being reported that "conflicts" will prevent diGenova from joining Trump's legal team.
On Sunday, Sekulow released a statement saying Trump "is disappointed that conflicts prevent Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing from joining the president's special counsel legal team. The President looks forward to working with them", Sekulow said in a statement to CNN's Evan Perez.
Some major law firms reportedly declined to take on the president as a client previous year, and Joseph diGenova, a Washington attorney, was expected to join the legal team last week, but still isn't officially on the team.
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But Trump said he is "very happy with my existing legal team".
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DiGenova has rebuked the Russian Federation investigation in frequent television appearances, and news of his hiring last week was viewed as Trump taking a more aggressive posture as the investigation reaches a critical juncture.
US President Donald Trump wanted Joseph diGenova on his team even though he did not know him, officials say. DiGenova, who provided the statement to The Associated Press, declined to answer additional questions about the nature of his and Toensing's representation of the president.
"Don't believe the Fake News narrative that it is hard to find a lawyer who wants to take this on", he tweeted.
The legal team representing the president in the special counsel's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is in flux. Ruddy, who is the chief executive of Newsmax Media, said he expected the chief of staff, John F. Kelly, to stay in his job, despite the president's chafing at what he sees as the restrictions Mr. Kelly has placed on him.
Sekulow announced last week that veteran Washington attorney Joseph diGenova, a former United States attorney for the District of Columbia, had been hired onto Trump's legal team, but as of Friday, his role was still in question. according to two sources familiar with the matter. "It is just a down payment", Trump tweeted on Sunday.
Trump representatives have reached out to some of those firms again more recently, sources said.
The subject at hand was the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill Trump signed Friday, a package Mnuchin claimed was excessive only because "the Democrats demanded a massive increase in non-military spending".