As special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation inches closer to Donald Trump, the president has been increasingly hard-pressed to fill out his legal team.
By the end of March, just two key players remained: Ty Cobb along with Jay Sekulow.
Cobb, who was appointed in July, represents the White House along with handles the special counsel’s probe into matters related to links between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign along with Russia. Sekulow, who often acts as a public face for the team, has been working for Trump by outside the White House since June.
In further signs of trouble, several high-powered attorneys, including Theodore Olsen along with Robert Bennett, have turned down offers to represent the president.
Trump lashed out over the apparent lack of interest by lawyers in a pair of tweets on Sunday. The staffing troubles, he said, merely stem by the difficulty of joining a complex case in progress. yet he noted which conflicts of interest are also playing a role in his hiring woes.
Trump tweet: Many lawyers along with top law firms want to represent me inside Russia case…don’t believe the Fake News narrative which which will be hard to find a lawyer who wants to take which on. Fame & fortune will NEVER be turned down by a lawyer, though some are conflicted. Problem will be which a brand new……
Trump tweet: ….lawyer or law firm will take months to get up to speed (if for no various other reason than they can bill more), which will be unfair to our great country – along with I am very happy with my existing team. Besides, there was NO COLLUSION with Russia, except by Crooked Hillary along with the Dems!
To be sure, the two holdouts on the president’s team are still supported by teams of legal experts. Sekulow, for instance, commands a handful of lawyers through his nonprofit, the American Center for Law along with Justice.
Defending a client — even a U.S. president — against a special counsel with significant resources along with legal powers can be a daunting task. along with as the reported possibility of a face-to-face interview looms, a spot on Trump’s team might look less propitious to potential hires.
Here’s a running list of the people who have left, or declined to join, Trump’s legal team: