DiGenova will not join Trump’s legal team

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE will not be hiring Washington lawyer Joseph diGenova due to "conflicts," The Associated Press reported.

Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow announced on Sunday that the president won’t hire diGenova or his wife, Victoria Toensing, for the legal team assembled to defend him in the special counsel investigation.

“The president is disappointed that conflicts prevent Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing from joining the president’s special counsel legal team,” Sekulow said in a statement on Sunday obtained by The New York Times. “However, those conflicts do not prevent them from assisting the president in other legal matters. The president looks forward to working with them.”


DiGenova's hiring was announced on Monday but later reports noted that conflicts of interest could prevent him from working for Trump.

His hiring came the same week as the resignation of John Dowd, who led the president’s team countering special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerBarr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting MORE’s investigation into Russia's election meddling.

DiGenova had been considered a front-runner to replace Dowd.

Trump, who had largely stayed quiet about Mueller, has begun in recent days to criticize him by name, prompting many to worry that he could fire the special counsel.

The White House has said it has no plans to do so and that it is cooperating with the investigation.