Another blow to Donald Trump's efforts to combat Russian Federation probe

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The announcement was made last Monday by Jay Sekulow, counsel to the President, but it appears he may have jumped the gun as it is being reported that "conflicts" will prevent diGenova from joining Trump's legal team.

"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 text message Sunday. "The president looks forward to working with them".

Turns out, President Donald Trump will not be adding the "aggressive voice" he was hoping for to his legal team, amid the president's criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of collusion with Russian Federation. Two sources told CNN last week that Flood is still under consideration.

Among the concerns about diGenova's representation is that Toensing has represented others involved in the Russian Federation probe, including Mark Corallo, a former Trump spokesman.

Last week "legal superstar" Theodore Olson, the solicitor general for George W. Bush, reportedly turned down an opportunity to join the team.

Having proven himself to be an impulsive and outspoken client, prone to potentially damaging comments and tweets, Trump has struggled to hire top-shelf lawyers from the kind of marquee firms that typically relish the prestige of representing a president.

Trump replaced Dowd with veteran Washington lawyer Joseph diGenova.

In a statement, Ms Toensing said: "We thank the president for his confidence in us and we look forward to working with him on other matters".

"I am very happy with my existing team", he added.

Trump believes "lawyers and many top law firms" will climb aboard in attempts to find "fame and fortune" although they might be conflicted about taking on the opportunity. Ruddy, who is the chief executive of Newsmax Media, said he expected the chief of staff, John F. Kelly, to stay in his job, despite the president's chafing at what he sees as the restrictions Mr. Kelly has placed on him.

On March 11, Trump also posted that he was happy with his legal team. Toensing represents several former Trump officials - including ex-spokesman Mark Corallo and former adviser Sam Clovis - who've met with Mueller's investigators.

He went on to talk about the $1.6 billion included in the spending bill he signed late Friday night to expand the wall on the Mexican border, saying "much can be done" with it and that "work will start immediately".

Trump later added that he remains more than content with the dwindling legal team he already has assembled. (That means the money can not be used to build any of the wall prototypes that Trump viewed during a high-profile visit March 13 on the border).