Joseph diGenova not joining Trump's legal team

President Trump on Friday at the White House talking about the $1.3 trillion spending bill

President Trump on Friday at the White House talking about the $1.3 trillion spending bill

Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said in a statement that Washington lawyers Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing have conflicts that won't allow them to represent the president regarding special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Trump's lawyer John Dowd resigned Thursday from the legal team handling special counsel Robert Mueller's federal investigation into whether the 2016 Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

"Those conflicts do not prevent them from assisting the president in other legal matters", he added.

On Sunday, U.S. President Donald Trump declared that a search to find a lawyer to replace John Dowd would not be an issue and that law firms would line up to take the case.

On Thursday, the lawyer leading the team handling the President's response to the Russian Federation investigation, John Dowd, resigned as his disagreements with Trump intensified and the President stepped up attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller.

Last week, when asked if he would sit down for an interview with Mueller, Trump said, "Sure I would like to".

Trump says on Twitter on Sunday that he's "happy with my existing team".

DiGenova, a former USA attorney, has been a fierce defender of Trump on television and accused the Federal Bureau of Investigation of trying to "frame" the president for nonexistent crimes.

"We thank the president for his confidence in us and we look forward to working with him" on other matters, Toensing said in a statement on behalf of both her and diGenova. Toensing represents several former Trump officials - including ex-spokesman Mark Corallo and former adviser Sam Clovis - who've met with Mueller's investigators. The White House, and later Dowd, had to clarify the statement, saying the president's legal team wasn't calling for Mueller to be fired. "Fame & fortune will NEVER be turned down by a lawyer, though some are conflicted", the president wrote, without mentioning diGenova or Toensing by name.

On March 11, Trump also posted that he was happy with his legal team.

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.

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Trump said with $700 billion in funding for defense, "many jobs are created and our Military is again rich. Building a great Border Wall, with drugs (poison) and enemy combatants pouring into our Country, is all about National Defense".

On Sunday morning, Trump also continued to defend the $1.3 trillion budget, which specifies border funding is permitted only for "operationally effective designs deployed" as of May 5, 2017.

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