Trump Unable To Hire diGenova, Toensing Over Conflicts, Mueller Strategy In Limbo

On Friday, we reported that President Trump would be "F---ing doing it my way" after "hitting the roof" over his legal team's cautious approach to dealing with special counsel Robert Mueller, and after Trump had brought on D.C. veteran attorneys Joe diGenova and his wife Victoria Toensing last Monday to lead the Mueller probe just as Trump's head Russian probe lawyer, John Dowd, was about to resign. 

diGenova and Toensing were reportedly recommended to Trump by Dave Bossie and Jeanine Piro - both of whom are outside advisors to Trump. That said, Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Napolitano thinks Dowd's resignation and the decision to put Trump in front of Mueller's team would be a "disaster" for the President.

Well, 48 hours later, it appears that Trump will be facing special counsel Robert Mueller without the diGenova and Toensing over conflicts of interest - however they will still assist in other matters.

“The president is disappointed that conflicts prevent Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing from joining the president’s special counsel legal team,” said Trump's personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow on Sunday morning. “However, those conflicts do not prevent them from assisting the president in other legal matters. The president looks forward to working with them.

While some outlets reported that Trump had a bad feeling about diGenova and Toensing, the reason the husband and wife legal team will not be joining President Donald Trump’s personal legal team representing him in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation is due to a determination that their firm’s existing work presents a conflict.

Sekulow said last week that diGenova’s addition to the legal team was subject to an “ongoing process of conflict review” as is standard ethics practice for lawyers. Toensing already was representing other clients involved in Russia investigations, including the president’s former campaign aide Sam Clovis and Mark Corallo, a former spokesman for Trump’s legal team.

Sekulow said last week that diGenova’s addition to the legal team was subject to an “ongoing process of conflict review” as is standard ethics practice for lawyers, and according to Bloomberg, Toensing already was representing other clients involved in Russia investigations, including the president’s former campaign aide Sam Clovis and Mark Corallo, a former spokesman for Trump’s legal team. More from the NYT:

Mr. Corallo has told investigators that he was concerned that a close aide to Mr. Trump, Hope Hicks, may have been planning to obstruct justice during the drafting of a statement about a meeting between a Russian lawyer and Donald Trump Jr. during the campaign.

Ms. Hicks’s lawyer has strongly denied that suggestion, and White House aides said Mr. Corallo’s assertion had come up in discussions with the president as he weighed whether to go ahead with Mr. diGenova and Ms. Toensing. -

Toensing also represents William D. Campbell, the FBI informant who was deep undercover in the Russian uranium industry and testified to Congress in February of what he says were Russia's efforts to control the global uranium industry - which included evidence that Russian energy officials routed millions of dollars for the benefit of a Clinton charity before the Uranium One deal was approved. 

The announcement that Toensing and diGenova won't be joining Trump's special counsel defense comes at a tenuous time for the President's legal team - as his former lead attorney, John Dowd, quit last Thurasday amid discussions on how to best interface with the special counsel investigation. At present, Jay Sekulow and Trump's longtime personal attorney Marc Kasowitz form the nucleus of his legal apparatus. 

On Sunday, Trump spoke to the issue over Twitter, tweeting "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." 

Trump then spoke to the immense task of taking over his representation:

"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!"

diGenova has been on of Trump's most ardent defenders - speaking in January of a "Brazen plot" by the deep state to exonerate Hillary Clinton and frame Donald Trump.

The FBI used to spy on Russians. This time they spied on us. what this story is about - a brazen plot to exonerate Hillary Clinton from a clear violation of the law with regard to the way she handled classified information with her classified server. Absolutely a crime, absolutely a felony. It's about finding out why - as the Inspector General is doing at the department of justice - why Comey and the senior DOJ officials conducted a fake criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton. Followed none of the regular rules, gave her every break in the book, immunized all kinds of people, allowed the destruction of evidence, no grand jury, no subpoenas, no search warrant. That's not an investigation, that's a Potemkin village. It's a farce.  -Joe diGenova via Daily Caller


Meanwhile, we're just hours away from Stormy Daniels' 60 minutes interview. Perhaps she'll shed some light on the alleged "disk pic" containing, what her lawyer says, is evidence of her affair with President Trump. 


LaugherNYC IridiumRebel Sun, 03/25/2018 - 14:51 Permalink

No that’s about ze Germanz, not ze Russianz. 

Proper fooked.


mccabe May drag the whole democrat scaffolding down with him - if the IG really reports on ALL OF IT. 

Hard to believe a career guy would destroy the FBI and DOJ’s institutional credibility. Does HOrowitz have the balls to unveil all of it. From the Papadopolous set up by Downer to the bogus dossier leak?


moar popcorn!!!!!

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two hoots Pandelis Sun, 03/25/2018 - 14:57 Permalink

Does Mueller realize he is now doing more harm to the country than any foe?  His 10 month investigation of “got cha” is dividing us and has uncovered little stuff the DOJ could have found without the continuous spotlight of his “specialness counsel”.  It is time he turns his findings over to DOJ and cease this unfortunate, seemingly now, self-serving hunt.  The nation is facing more daunting task.


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Arctic Frost Bes Mon, 03/26/2018 - 09:20 Permalink


SO you’re pro-Clinton, pro-Obama, pro-far left ideology, pro-terrorist, pro-taxes, pro-elitist Hollywood, pro-celebrities, pro-war, pro-taxes, pro-globalization, pro-United Nations, pro-establishment, anti-Christian, anti-middle class, anti-conservative ideology, anti-America, anti-guns, anti-free speech, anti-second Admendment, etc. . .


What the hell are you doing here? Oh that’s right, you’re doing the virtual equivalent of sucking Soro’s dick. Whore!

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The First Rule JoseyWalesTheOutlaw Sun, 03/25/2018 - 15:32 Permalink

"With all due respect do you actually believe people like Mueller and those he represents give a fuk about the well being of this country?"


No one in Deep State, especially Mueller, gives a damn about what this is doing to the country.  Or for that matter what used to be govt institutions that people respected.


They have one goal, and one goal alone:

To overthrow a legitimately elected President.


It is in a word, Treason.



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11b40 just the tip Sun, 03/25/2018 - 18:32 Permalink

In the court of public opinion, treason is better.  Let Mueller argue the difference once Trump starts using his name in the same tweet with treason.  That will be amusing.  

Plus, with Mueller, it may well be treason.  Can you say Uranium One?  That is the deal he has to worry about.  First, there is the I.G. report due soon.  Then, there is the real possibility of another special investigation into the investigators of the entire FBI/Clinton affair, and Mueller will for sure be in the cross hairs. What a great time to be a lawyer in DC.

This is a battle between 2 giants.  One is going down bigly, or maybe both.....or, Mueller has already copped a plea, and is actually part of the I.G.'s investigation of the FBI.  Who knows?  Right now, just about anything is possible.

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FBaggins JoseyWalesTheOutlaw Sun, 03/25/2018 - 16:59 Permalink

If you step back and try to look at the bigger picture you have a better chance in seeing what is really going on. It is clear that from the beginning, there was never any real substance to the Russia collusion thing. Anyone with any common sense could see that all of it was being orchestrated by the deep state with the amplification and BS of the MSM using the DNC and various hack politicians to keep things going. The only relevant question was why? 

To impeach Trump? 

No. They knew from the get go there was no real substance to the allegations. 

- To destabilize Trump's governance by keeping him on the defensive with their constant MSM BS collusion allegations?   

Only a partial reason, because the groundless and totally farfetched allegations were eventually bound to discredit the perpetrators.  

 - Mainly to bash Russia to prolong any attempts by the new administration from a rapprochement with Moscow? 

Again only a partial reason and clearly not enough to justify the prolonged flogging of the dead horse of Russian-collusion. Within the first few months we saw Trump doing the bidding of the US-Zio deep state, by appointing neocon pro-Israel, anti-Russian, anti-Iran, anti-Syrian deep-state war hawks to his cabinet; ordering a missile attack on a Syrian government installation; threatening Iran; increasing economic sanctions against Russia; deploying more US forces and military equipment to Russian borders, etc. etc.  

 - Mainly to discredit Russia and to divert American attention from the major hot spot in the world - Syria? 

Most likely. As long as the US deep state can keep focusing its hostility towards Russia as separate as possible from their own wrongdoings and aggression in Syria, they can more easily continue with their escalation efforts to fragment and partition that nation. Hence, the deep-state efforts to distract the US and Western populations with fake allegations of election interference, poisoning ex spies, and whatever other false flags or vilifications against Russia, or the Syrian government are to come.  The last thing the US deep state wants at the present time and especially before the midterm elections is to make the US support for their war against Syria a major political issue, leading to an uncontrollable electorate directly opposing their war effort. Russia is the backbone of the Syrian defence. Constantly vilifying Russia with false allegations and false flags deflects attention from the heinous wrongdoings of Israel, the US, the UK, and NATO forces and their terrorists and mercenary proxies in Syria.

Presently, US deep state operatives from the military and the intelligence agencies are filling in slots in the Democratic party to be candidates for the upcoming midterm elections. This is clearly an indication that the US is preparing for war, not only for an escalation in Syria but more likely for some much greater conflict against Iran and Russia.  The sociopathic US deep state will no doubt not be satisfied until they try out all their toys no matter how much blood they shed and destruction they cause. That is their history and they are a scourge against the entire world.    

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Rubicon727 FBaggins Sun, 03/25/2018 - 18:23 Permalink

Your first three observations are correct. Unfortunately, the 4th premise being massaged merely by "The Deep State." The US financial/military hegemony is faltering. It stands up only because the central banks are in collusion with each other. Those and Wall Street manipulate and massage the financial markets in trying to maintain their own hegemony.

But, many honest economic/financial experts know it's only a matter of time before the American empire cracks. Happens every time throughout history. In this case it's China who is moving away from the US$ and linking its trade/currency with 50% of the world's population found in Asia/Eurasia, and Latin American. A laborious exercise, for sure, but watch carefully as the US continues its toxic downfall via the military budget and the corrupt world of finance/currency. It's only a matter of time.  

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FEDbuster swmnguy Sun, 03/25/2018 - 16:32 Permalink

Tea has much longer shelf life for caffeine fix.  Ground, rosted coffee won't last more than a couple years best case.  Vacuum packed, green coffee beans a few more years, but you have to roast them before using.  Some people I know are stockpiling freeze dried instant coffee, not sure of shelf life?  Shelf life is mostly about taste, old coffee most likely won't kill you or make you sick.

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swmnguy FEDbuster Sun, 03/25/2018 - 16:34 Permalink

Interesting.  I did not know that.  Of course, I don't have enough money to buy more than a few years' worth of coffee anyway.  Tea, though.  Nice.  And I do wonder about the shelf life of freeze dried instant coffee, too.  The crappy stuff, it doesn't matter as you say; it starts out tasting bad.  But there is some good stuff out there.

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