Trump legal team brings fresh firepower to reset with Mueller


President Donald Trump, stung by reports that he couldn’t attract top-notch lawyers, personally pushed for former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to add a dose of star power to his bare-bones legal team, according to sources familiar with the situation.

In bringing on Giuliani, a former US attorney for the Southern District of New York, the President adds a high-profile name, trusted confidant and dogged defender in an investigation that Trump has denounced as a “witch hunt.”

His hiring and that of two other new lawyers, respected white-collar criminal defense attorneys Jane Serene Raskin and Marty Raskin, injects some much-needed firepower into the President’s legal team, which has been beset by departures and internal dissension and stalled in talks with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.

The President believes that Giuliani — a brash New Yorker with a reputation as a tough prosecutor — can assess Mueller’s team and possibly shepherd a swift end to the investigation, according to a source familiar with Trump’s thinking.

“Rudy is great,” Trump said in a statement Thursday. “He has been my friend for a long time and wants to get this matter quickly resolved for the good of the country.”

But not all involved with the legal defense are sanguine that Giuliani can succeed where others have failed. The notion that he will be able to quickly get a read on Mueller’s team, said one source, is “not serious thinking.”

Another source familiar with the case added that dealing with Mueller is “like going to talk to Abe Lincoln at the end of the mall — a marble statue.”

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