President Donald Trump on Sunday morning railed against reports that top legal minds have turned down an opportunity to join his team of lawyers working on the Russia probe, saying no one would turn down the opportunity at “fame and fortune.”
“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,” the president wrote on Twitter. “Fame & fortune will NEVER be turned down by a lawyer, though some are conflicted.”
Trump added that the problem is “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.”
The Washington Post has reported that former Solicitor General Theodore Olson, best known for representing George W. Bush in Bush v Gore., the landmark fight that determined the 2000 presidential election, turned down an opportunity to join the president’s team.
The news came days before John Dowd — the lead lawyer for Trump on special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe — resigned.
Former federal prosecutor Joseph diGenova, who has been critical of Mueller’s investigation, was hired March 19. On Sunday, Trump said once again that there had been “no collusion” between his campaign and the Russian government.
Addressing concerns that $1.6 billion for border security in the just passed ominbus bill is not enough for a border wall with Mexico, the president added simply: “It is just a downpayment. Work will start immediately.”