Trump says 'many lawyers' want to represent him over Russian Federation claims

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Attorney John Dowd quit Trump's legal team on Thursday, days after what appeared to bethe hiring of Joseph DiGenova, a cable news commentator and former U.S. attorney who has claimed that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election is an attempt to frame the president, carried out by the FBI and the Department of Justice.

The announcement about diGenova and Toensing came just after Trump, in tweets Sunday morning from his Mar-a-Lago estate, dismissed reports about the travails of his legal team as "fake news".

A few days earlier Dowd - who has been key to molding Trump's legal defense in the special counsel's Russia's investigation - had called for Mueller's investigation to be shut down.

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.

"The President looks forward to working with them", he added.

The news that Mr diGenova and Ms Toensing will not be joining the president's legal team follows the resignation of its lead lawyer, John Dowd.

President Trump's attorneys, including Mr Dowd, have been negotiating with special counsel Robert Mueller over the scope and terms of an interview.

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In a statement, Ms Toensing said: "We thank the president for his confidence in us and we look forward to working with him on other matters".

Trump reportedly met with diGenova and Toensing in the past few days to discuss the possibility of joining his legal team in the Russian Federation probe; but after the meetings, the president did not feel the pair would be the best fit. Sekulow did not specify the conflict, but the couple's firm has represented other clients in the special counsel's investigation, including former Trump campaign adviser Sam Clovis. That meeting was attended by Trump's son, Donald Jr. "Fame & fortune will NEVER be turned down by a lawyer, though some are conflicted", the president wrote, without mentioning diGenova or Toensing by name. The decision to hire diGenova, who Trump has seen on TV and liked, was done hastily and with little consultation, said a person familiar with the matter, and questions about diGenova's firm's conflicts arose immediately.

Corallo told Reuters on Friday that he had signed a waiver of potential conflicts last week.

Trump said on Thursday that he was still willing to be interviewed by Mueller.

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

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