A Washington Post report on Tuesday claimed that the Trump White House has been trying to recruit Theodore B. Olson, described as a “star” Republican lawyer, to help defend President Donald Trump in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.
However, just hours after the report was published, it looks as though Olson has rejected the White House’s overtures.
Ted Boutrous — a partner at Olson’s law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher — sent out a tweet on Tuesday shooting down any notion that Olson would be leaving to work with the White House.
— Ted Boutrous (@BoutrousTed) March 20, 2018
Following up on that, BuzzFeed News editor Chris Geidner similarly reported that a “source familiar” with the situation confirmed that Olson had turned down Trump’s offer to join his team.
UPDATE: A source familiar with the situation confirms that Ted Olson was approached to represent Donald Trump and that Olson/Gibson Dunn declined to do so.
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) March 20, 2018
Earlier this week, Trump reportedly offered a job to attorney Joseph E. diGenova, a Washington lawyer who has pushed the conspiracy theory that officials at the FBI and Department of Justice are engaged in a plot to frame Trump for colluding with Russian government officials.