Lawyers Decline Trump's Legal Team Invitation


Trump's lead lawyer, John Dowd, resigned last week and former USA attorney Joseph diGenova joined the Trump team. Trump may be shying away from hiring additional legal representation for fear it will slow down the probe and reiterated he is not concerned with the investigation because there is "NO COLLUSION with Russian Federation", he also claimed. Toensing and diGenova run their own firm, and she already represents two people who spoke to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office.

Trump tweeted that reports of lawyers not wanting to represent him are "Fake News." 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.

President Donald Trump will not be adding two new lawyers to the legal team defending him in the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation after all, one of the president's attorneys said today.

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

Sekulow said Trump was "disappointed" that diGenova and Toensing won't be defending him in the special counsel investigation, but "those conflicts do not prevent them from assisting the President in other legal matters".

Trump replaced Dowd with veteran Washington lawyer Joseph diGenova.

His law firm, DiGenova Toensing, has represented Mark Corallo, a former spokesman for Trump's legal team, and Sam Clovis, a former campaign aide.

President Trump claims plenty of good lawyers want to work with him - as two attorneys pulled out of joining his legal team.

"There is something just unusual about this, and I think it's one of the reasons why Mueller's investigation has to continue and why our investigation has to continue".

President Trump says on Twitter on Sunday that he's "happy with my existing team".

Trump later added that he remains more than content with the dwindling legal team he already has assembled.

The US leader once again refuted allegations of collusion with Moscow, saying that this narrative was more applicable to his opponent in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton. 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.

Dowd previously was criticized for his handling of the response to the guilty plea of Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who became the first Trump administration official to face charges in Mueller's investigation.