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 TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden 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 RosensteinTrump turns his ire toward Cabinet members Ex-deputy attorney general says Justice Dept. 'will ignore' Trump's threats against political rivals The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump's erratic tweets upend stimulus talks; COVID-19 spreads in White House 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 (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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.