No One Wants to Be Trump’s New Lawyer—Another Prominent Attorney Just Said, ‘Not On Your Life!’

Yet another prominent white collar lawyer has turned down the chance to represent President Donald Trump, citing some vague, unidentified “conflict of interest.”

Trump has been struggling to add to the legal team representing him in the Russia investigation following the departure of attorney John Dowd from Trump’s personal legal team, after disagreements with the president and Trump’s unwillingness to take his legal advice.

According to CNN, New York attorney Steven Molo, a former prosecutor who specializes in white collar defense and courtroom litigation, is only the latest attorney to receive—and turn down—an invitation to help Trump during special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 campaign and any possible dealings with Russia. Other lawyers who declined to join Trump’s team include:

  • former US Solicitor General Ted Olson;
  • Emmet Flood, who’s worked for multiple presidents;
  • Robert Bennett, Bill Clinton’s attorney in the Paula Jones litigation; and
  • Bob Giuffra, of Sullivan & Cromwell.

In addition, at the end of March two more lawyers turned Trump down: attorneys Dan Webb and Tom Buchanan, of the firm Winston & Strawn. More “business conflicts.”

Molo was approached after attorneys Joseph di Genova and Victoria Toensing would not join the Trump team—also because of unspecified conflicts.

As CNN notes, Molo has a depth of courtroom experience, which could suggest the kind of skills Trump’s legal team is seeking, especially now that it appears there will be no interview between Trump and Mueller. Some lawyers have said Trump is too difficult to manage.

Despite his experience, Molo was an unusual choice. He went head to head with Trump in 2008 when the then-real estate developer sued Deutsche Bank to try to get out of paying $40 million of a construction loan Trump personally guaranteed.

Molo, representing the German bank, quoted Trump’s own boast from one of Trump’s book’s: “I turned it on the banks and let them accept some of the blame. I figured it was the bank’s problem not mine.” After that, Molo was able to negotiate a settlement agreement with Trump’s team.

Trump has denied that he’s having trouble hiring new lawyers, tweeting:

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