U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday morning dismissed the reports that he was turned down from most of the top legal minds because they don’t want to go down with the ship regarding Mueller’s probe.
“Many lawyers and top law firms want to represent me in the Russia 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 on Twitter. “Fame & fortune will NEVER be turned down by a lawyer, though some are conflicted.”
Trump also wrote that the problem is “a new … lawyer or law firm will take months to get up to speed (if for no other reason than they can bill more), which is unfair to our great country — and I am very happy with my existing team.”
Politico reported that Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said in a statement that the President was reversing course and not hiring Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing, a husband-and-wife team whose possible work for the President proved to be controversial.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post wrote that former Solicitor General Theodore Olson, best known for representing George W. Bush in Bush v. Gore, the landmark fight that determined the winner of the 2000 presidential election, turned down an opportunity to join the President’s team
Previously Trump’s lead lawyer on special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, John Dowd, resigned.
DiGenova has been known as a hard critic of Mueller’s investigation, for which he was hired on March 19.
On Sunday, Trump again voiced that there have been “no collusion” between his campaign and the Russian government.
President Trump on Sunday also rejected that there are concerns that the $1.6 billion for border security in the just-passed government funding bill is not enough for a border wall with Mexico, saying that “it is just a down payment. Work will start immediately.”