Lawyer who didn't join Trump team: I'm still playing his lawyer on TV and in real life
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An adviser to President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report DOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Nadler accuses Barr of 'unprecedented steps' to 'spin' Mueller report MORE who could not serve on the special counsel legal team due to conflicts of interest said he and his wife are “playing the role” of attorneys both in reality and on television.

“Victoria and I are playing the role of lawyers on television and in real life,” Joseph diGenova told WBAL NewsRadio 1090, referring to his wife, Victoria Toensing.

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DiGenova and Toensing had previously visited the White House and the Trump administration announced it had hired diGenova for the president’s legal team working on the Russia probe. 

But several days after that announcement, the president’s personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow, reportedly said diGenova and Toensing would not join the White House team of lawyers due to “conflicts.” 

DiGenova told WBAL that he and his wife, who is his partner at diGenova & Toensing, could not serve on the special counsel legal team due to “conflicts of appearances.”

But the two continue to be in contact with both Trump and the president’s attorneys, diGenova said.

DiGenova praised Trump, calling the president “a stunning questioner” who is “extremely intelligent and incisive.”

“He knows everything that is going on around him. He has a complete understanding of the legal battlefield that he is facing,” diGenova said of Trump.

The Trump administration had announced diGenova’s hiring the same week John Dowd, who lead Trump's legal team for the investigation into Russian election interference, resigned.

DiGenova also slammed Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinHouse Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report Mueller won't attend Barr press conference on report Schumer slams Justice Dept over 'pre-damage control' on Mueller report MORE for appointing Mueller, calling the action "disgraceful and cowardly."

“Rod Rosenstein created a special counsel where none is authorized by law. When he appointed Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE, he named no predicate crime for which a special counsel is required to be appointed. He did it to cover his fanny,” said diGenova.