Ex-Trump spokesman mentioned in Wolff book hires top DC legal team: report

Ex-Trump spokesman mentioned in Wolff book hires top DC legal team: report
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A former Trump legal team spokesman has reportedly hired a pair of Washington, D.C.-based lawyers after he was tied in a new book to the creation of a misleading statement about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign leaders and Russian officials. 

Mark CoralloMark CoralloThe 81 names targeted in Democrats' expansive Trump probe The Memo: Capitol Hill braces for Cohen fireworks The Memo: Trump allies fret as legal troubles multiply MORE, a spokesman who was once offered the job of communications director, has hired the husband-wife legal team of Victoria Toensing and Joseph diGenova after he was named in Michael Wolff’s bestselling “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," Politico reported Friday.

Corallo was the spokesperson for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE’s personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz. He resigned in July.

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Corallo hired the attorneys because he expects to be summoned for interviews by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerHouse progressive: Pelosi 'has it right' on impeachment Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna: 'I'm not there yet' on impeachment MORE’s team and congressional investigators as part of the probes into Russian election interference, according to Politico.

In the book, Wolff states that the former spokesman quit after helping Trump to write a misleading statement about Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpCohen says Trump attorney told him to say Trump Tower talks ended earlier than they did Cohen told lawmakers that Trump lawyer Sekulow instructed him to lie about Moscow tower project: report Ukraine's top prosecutor says no evidence of wrongdoing by Bidens MORE’s 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer who he'd been told could offer dirt on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests Iowa Democrats brace for caucus turnout surge MORE.

“Mark Corallo was instructed not to speak to the press, indeed not to even answer the phone,” Wolff wrote. “Later that week, Corallo, seeing no good outcome — and privately confiding that he believed the meeting on Air Force One represented a likely obstruction of justice — quit.”

The original statement released by the White House that Trump Jr. met with the Russian lawyer solely to discuss adoption policies, although that was later disputed by emails sent ahead of the rendezvous.

The White House confirmed that Trump weighed in on the statement "as any father would."