GOP attorney Theodore Olson won't join Trump legal team

GOP attorney Theodore Olson won't join Trump legal team
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Attorney Theodore Olson will not join President TrumpDonald TrumpGaetz was denied meeting with Trump: CNN Federal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Police in California city declare unlawful assembly amid 'white lives matter' protest MORE’s legal team, one of his legal partners said Tuesday afternoon.

Ted Boutrous, who works with Olson at the Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher law firm, responded quickly to a Washington Post report earlier Tuesday that said Trump had extended an offer to the veteran attorney.

Olson served as the U.S. solicitor general under President George W. Bush and is considered a star attorney in Washington. He had previously turned down an offer to join the Trump administration.


The reported offer to Olson came as the Trump legal team takes a more aggressive approach toward special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Trump attacked Mueller in a series of weekend tweets that raised speculation that the president is considering firing the special counsel. He has frequently described the investigation as a "witch hunt."

The White House denies that there are any discussions about firing Mueller.

On Monday, Trump added attorney Joseph diGenova to his personal legal team, which also includes Jay Sekulow, John Dowd and the president’s self-described fixer, Michael Cohen.

DiGenova is a former U.S. attorney who has fiercely attacked the FBI and Department of Justice in conservative media appearances.