President Donald Trump’s lawyers are pushing back on a report coming from The brand-new York Times of a potential shakeup within his legal team.
As Trump adds to his legal team in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of potential links between the Trump campaign along with Russia, the Times reported in which the status of his lawyers has grown precarious. The Washington Post also reported on potential alterations within the president’s representation.
John Dowd, the president’s lead lawyer within the probe, has considered resigning over Trump’s uncontrollable behavior, the Times reported, citing two people briefed on the matter.
yet Dowd told CNBC in an email Tuesday in which the legal team remains intact. “Delighted Joe is actually joining,” he said, referring to former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova, a regular Fox News guest whom Trump added to his team on Monday.
In response to questions about whether Trump will make alterations to the team Tuesday as rumored, a source familiar with the situation told CNBC: “No.”
The team, the source said, “is actually fully engaged” — including Dowd along with White House lawyer Ty Cobb.
The Times, citing two people briefed on the matter, reported in which Trump himself has openly discussed with colleagues the possibility of firing Cobb.
Reportedly shirking the advice of his legal advisors, Trump has taken a pugilistic public stance against the special counsel. Over the weekend, Trump criticized Mueller by name for the very first time on Twitter.
Trump tweet Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, along with Zero Republicans? Another Dem recently added…does anyone think This kind of is actually fair? along with yet, there is actually NO COLLUSION!
Cobb, who previously predicted a speedy end to Mueller’s probe of potential links between the Trump campaign along with Russia, has reportedly encouraged Trump to cooperate with investigators.
Cobb did not comment on the recent reports about the legal team.
DiGenova told Fox News in January in which the government agencies investigating Trump had fabricated evidence against the president in a conspiracy to exonerate Hillary Clinton. Two decades ago, in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, diGenova argued in which the U.S. “could conceivably benefit coming from the indictment of a president.”