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Trump legal team looks to add superstar lawyer

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Attorney Theodore Olson. Photo: Jay Janner / Pool via Getty Images

President Trump's legal team wanted to add Theodore Olson, who served as solicitor general in the George W. Bush administration, as Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues his investigation, the Washington Post reports. But Olson has declined the offer, according to another partner at his firm, Gibson Dunn. We've reached out to Olson to confirm.

Why it matters: This attempt speaks to Trump wanting to shake up his legal team and recruit top legal talent as Mueller's investigation continues to drag on and expand its scope.

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Trump's "great man" play on North Korea

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President Trump views the North Korean crisis as his “great man” of history moment.

The big picture: He came into office thinking he could be the historic deal maker to bring peace to the Middle East. He’s stopped talking about that. There’s very little point. The peace deal looks dead and cremated. But Trump wants to sign his name even larger into the history books, and he views North Korea as his moment.