“The President is disappointed that conflicts prevent Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing from joining the President's Special Counsel legal team," Trump's personal attorney, Jay Sekulow, said in a statement issued Sunday. "However, those conflicts do not prevent them from assisting the President in other legal matters. The President looks forward to working with them."
Toensing and diGenova's hiring would have helped replace John Dowd, who served as Trump's lead counsel in the Russia probe until he resigned on Thursday.
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Sekulow did not state specifically what conflicts the two lawyers faced. They head the Washington law firm diGenova & Toensing and are married.
NBC News, however, confirmed with Toensing that she is representing Mark Corallo, a former spokesman for the president's legal team who met with members of special counsel Robert Mueller's team for more than two hours on Feb. 15. Toensing declined to comment on what was discussed in the meeting with the special counsel.
A former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, diGenova publicly pushed a conspiracy theory in January that the FBI and Justice Department officials were attempting to frame Trump with a "false crime" in the Russia investigation. DiGenova was working as a Fox News analyst at the time.
Sekulow confirmed diGenova's addition to the Trump's legal team last week.
"I have worked with Joe for many years and have full confidence that he will be a great asset in our representation of the president," Sekulow said in a statement at the time.
Trump did not comment on the topic, but he did claim over a pair of tweets posted Sunday that it is not "hard to find a lawyer who wants to take this on. Fame & fortune will NEVER be turned down by a lawyer, though some are conflicted."
The social media posts included a signature: "NO COLLUSION."
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. Fame & fortune will NEVER be turned down by a lawyer, though some are conflicted. Problem is that 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. Besides, there was NO COLLUSION with Russia, except by Crooked Hillary and the Dems!