Trump Rebuffs Notion He Can't Assemble Top Legal Team

John Dowd

John Dowd

The announcement came almost a week after Sekulow said diGenova would join the legal team handling Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential election.

Sources tell ABC News the president's legal team continues to look for more attorneys to join, but at the moment no one is stepping in to fill those roles yet. He has been key to moulding the president's legal defence in the special counsel's Russia's investigation.

The president's comments were reminiscent of his remarks earlier this month in response to claims of staff unhappiness that "everybody wants to work in the White House".

While Sekulow still works for Trump, he is best known as an advocate for conservative religious causes, not as a defense attorney.

The president's former lead lawyer, John Dowd, quit the team on Thursday, just as Mr. Trump is deciding whether to sit with Mr. Mueller for an interview. Since then, the president has struggled to find top-notch defence lawyers willing to represent him, The Washington Post reported last week.

On ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, Trump confidant Christopher Ruddy said the president told him on Saturday that he is "perplexed" by reports of chaos at the White House. 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.

Today, diGenova and Toensing released a joint statement, saying, "We thank the president for his confidence in us, and we look forward to working with him on other matters".

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Mueller is believed to particularly want to question Trump about his knowledge of a mid-2016 meeting his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., set up at Trump Tower in NY, with a Russian attorney on the premise that she was going to hand the Trump campaign incriminating information about Clinton, as well as Trump's role while president in helping draft a misleading statement about the meeting.

Just hours before Trump went on Twitter to boast that he has no problem recruiting lawyers to his team.

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

On Twitter, Trump said, "Many lawyers and top law firms want to represent me in the Russian Federation case".

He added that "fame & fortune will NEVER be turned down by a lawyer", though he did acknowledge that "some are conflicted". Six major figures, including his secretary of State, national security advisor and chief economic advisor, have been pushed out or announced their resignations in the last three weeks.

But Trump said he had "no choice" but to sign because the nation needed to fund the military.

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