U.S. President Donald Trump will not hire two lawyers to his legal team handling the special counsel's probe despite announcing their addition last week, Trump's personal lawyer said on Sunday, adding to uncertainty about the president's legal representation in the Russian Federation investigation.
President Donald Trump made a decision to not hire Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing to represent him in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 president election, The New York Times reported.
President Trump claims plenty of good lawyers want to work with him - as two attorneys pulled out of joining his legal team. According to CNN, Mr. Dowd and Mr. Trump disagreed on the appropriate legal strategy to take in regards to Mr. Mueller's quest.
Hicks's lawyer, Robert Trout, has denied Corallo's assertion, and White House aides told The Times that Corallo's testimony was a factor as Trump decided whether to go ahead with hiring diGenova and Toensing. Clovis has reported connection to George Papadopoulos, the member of the Trump campaign's foreign policy team who pleaded guilty to lying to investigators.
U.S. President Donald Trump walks to Air Force One as he departs for Palm Beach, Florida, from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, U.S., March 23, 2018.
Dowd resigned last week, reportedly frustrated with Trump's desire to meet with Mueller's team.
Ahead of the news, Trump tweeted he was "very happy" with his legal team.
"Don't believe the Fake News narrative that it is hard to find a lawyer who wants to take this on", the president cautioned. Trump says he wants to do the interview, but no agreement on his questioning has been reached.
Dowd, a defense attorney who had been serving as the president's lead lawyer, had been handling negotiations over a potential Trump interview with Mueller or his prosecutors. "Fame & fortune will NEVER be turned down by a lawyer, though some are conflicted", he said. Two sources told CNN last week that Flood is still under consideration. A new law firm, he said, would "take months to get up to speed".
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.
In February, Republicans in the US House of Representatives published a memo regarding alleged abuses committed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the "Russia collusion" probe.