Trump says 'many lawyers' want to represent him over Russian Federation claims
26 March, 2018, 01:43 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
The New York Times reported on Thursday, citing sources that John Dowd, Trump's lead lawyer in Special CounselRobert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and alleged links between Trump aides and Moscow, stepped down due to disagreement with the USA president's aggressive approach toward the probe.
"The president is disappointed that conflicts prevent Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing from joining the president's special counsel legal team", Trump's lawyer Jay Sekulow released in a statement. "The President looks forward to working with them", Sekulow said in a statement to CNN's Evan Perez. After the New York Times reported that he met with Emmet Flood, who represented President Bill Clinton during the impeachment process, Trump said the reporters "purposely wrote a false story stating that I am unhappy with my legal team and am going to add another lawyer to help out".
President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington as he heads to Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, March 23, 2018.
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Trump's attorneys, including Dowd, have been negotiating with Mueller over the scope and terms of an interview with Trump.
Trump believes "lawyers and many top law firms" will climb aboard in attempts to find "fame and fortune" although they might be conflicted about taking on the opportunity. Trump says he wants to do the interview, but no agreement on his questioning has been reached.
But Mr Trump's personal lawyer said "conflicts" had prevented their hiring. Last week, John Dowd, the lead defense attorney managing communications between Trump and Mueller, resigned because he was frustrated that Trump was not following his advice.
"There was NO COLLUSION with Russia" by Republicans, Trump said. Two sources told CNN last week that Flood is still under consideration.
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Trump, meanwhile, has reportedly been "champing at the bit" to talk with Mueller, and his decision to hire diGenova and Toensing last week indicates he is now looking to stack his team with lawyers who have the same take-no-prisoners approach to the Russian Federation probe.
DiGenova & Toensing has represented Mark Corallo, a former spokesman for Trump's legal team, and Sam Clovis, a former campaign aide. Mueller, another former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was named shortly thereafter, over Trump's objections, to take over the Russian Federation investigation.
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