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Trump Shakes Up Legal Team as Russia Investigation Heats Up

Spokesman Mark Corallo out, New York-based attorney Marc Kasowitz expected to see reduced role

President Trump is shaking up his legal team as the investigation into whether or not his campaign colluded with Russia during the election picks up steam.

Now-former spokesman and communications strategist for Trump’s legal team Mark Corallo is out.

“I resigned yesterday,” he told CNN.

The Associated Press cited “two people with knowledge of the matter” who said that New York-based attorney Marc Kasowitz would have his role reduced.

“Kasowitz’s role is changing because the needs are more Washington-centric and Kasowitz has done his primary job of putting the team together,” a source with knowledge of the matter told CNN.

The news came shortly after Trump told the New York Times that Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has conflicts of interest, which Kellyanne Conway echoed Friday on “Fox & Friends.”

Trump also warned Mueller’s office to stay out of his family’s personal finances. However, CNN reported that Trump made the changes to his legal team before he spoke with the Times about Mueller’s team.

John Dowd and Jay Sekulow will be Trump’s primary lawyers for all things related to the Russia investigation, with Dowd taking the lead, according to CNN. The network also reported that attorney Ty Cobb will assist from a legal and communications perspective starting later this month.

ABC News first reported Corallo’s resignation via Twitter on Thursday.