New Hire Shakes Up Trump Legal Team

Joseph DiGenova has claimed FBI plotted to frame president
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2018 7:00 AM CDT
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump walks down the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Monday, March 19, 2018.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – With reshuffles, insecurity, and infighting, President Trump's legal team is starting to resemble his White House team, insiders say. The president—who has been more vocal than ever in recent days about his displeasure with Robert Mueller's investigation—shook up his legal team again on Monday, bringing in Joseph diGenova, a "wild card" former US attorney known for attacking the FBI and the Justice Department on conservative media outlets, reports the Hill. DiGenova—who once described former FBI director James Comey as "the dirtiest cop in America"—claimed two months ago that the FBI and DoJ plotted to "illegally exonerate" Hillary Clinton then "frame Donald Trump with a falsely created crime" if she still lost the election, CNN reports.

Sources tell the Washington Post that Trump is listening to friends who are telling him he needs to take a more aggressive stance against the Mueller probe, and complaining about his lawyers, especially Ty Cobb, who has urged him to cooperate with Mueller. The lawyers, meanwhile, are feuding among themselves. "This is not some complicated chaos theory of management—it’s just chaos," said Chris Whipple, author of a history of White House chiefs of staff. "Common sense tells you that it’s critical that everyone be on the same page, not just the White House staff but especially the legal team on whom he's relying for survival." Lead lawyer John Dowd has denied reports that he is considering quitting. "I'm sitting here working on the president's case right now," he told the New York Times on Monday night. (The White House says Trump isn't planning to fire Mueller.)

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