President Donald Trump is reportedly set to hire a Washington lawyer who has pushed the view that officials at the FBI and Department of Justice engaged in a conspiracy theory to frame Trump for colluding with Russian government officials.
The New York Times reports that attorney Joseph E. diGenova is being brought in to bolster Trump’s legal team, in what could be a signal that the president is going to more aggressively take on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
In an interview with Fox News earlier this year, diGenova asserted that “there was a brazen plot” by officials in the FBI and DOJ “to illegally exonerate Hillary Clinton and, if she didn’t win the election, to then frame Donald Trump with a falsely created crime.”
Trump has grown increasingly combative with career law enforcement officials, as he publicly celebrated the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe over the weekend, while also calling out special counsel Robert Mueller by name for the first time on his Twitter account.
This has led to more speculation that Trump could fire the special counsel, although the White House has issued statements saying that he has no intention to do so at this time.