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Mar 23, 2018

Sum-Up: Trump’s Legal Team Gets A Massive Shakeup

This week saw a huge shakeup on the President Trump’s personal legal team. After the White House denied reports of impending staffing changes, longtime lead attorney John Dowd abruptly resigned, apparently because his client was ignoring his advice. Trump has retained former U.S. attorney and frequent Fox News talking head Joe DiGenova, who has pushed the conspiracy theory that FBI officials framed the President. The President’s defense team is now composed of people sympathetic to his worst impulses and inclinations, such as agreeing to an in-person interview with the special counsel. Trump on Thursday repeated that he’d like to sit down with Bob Mueller. But that overture came after Trump spent several days attacking Mueller by name for the first time, saying his investigation into Russia’s interference should never have started. The White House insists that this criticism does not indicate that Trump intends to fire the special counsel. Trump’s anti-Mueller tirade sparked alarm among congressional Democrats and the occasional…

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