US PRESIDENT Donald Trump's legal team has been shaken up - with the resignation of spokesman Mark Corallo and the possible ouster of his personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz, according to multiple reports.

New York Post reports that Mr Corallo resigned on Thursday night, according CBS News.

The longtime Republican operative had been handling the White House's defense in the wide-ranging Russia investigation, according to Politico.

He had worked for the House committee that probed President Bill Clinton in the 1990s before leaving for the Justice Department under then-Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Trump will continue to work with the outside legal team representing his personal interests: Jay Sekulow and Kasowitz.
Trump will continue to work with the outside legal team representing his personal interests: Jay Sekulow and Kasowitz. AP Photo - Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Mr Kasowitz - who represented Mr Trump since the early 2000s and led the defense in the Trump University fraud case - is no longer the president's outside counsel, according to CBS.

But according to US ABC News, Mr Kasowitz has not been outright removed from the team. New York Times reported that he was not gone but has a "lesser role."

Mr Kasowitz made headlines recently when he sent threatening emails to a retired public relations professional who had said he should step down.

Mr Kasowitz wrote "F*** you," according to ProPublica. He wrote several emails after that, including one poorly punctuated missive that said: "And you don't know me, but I will know you How dare you send me an email like that I'm on you now You are f**king with me now Let's see who you are Watch your back, b***h."

He later apologised. Mr Trump's legal team now comprises Ty Cobb, Jay Sekulow and John Dowd, according to CBS News.

The legal-eagle reshuffling comes a day after the New York Times published an interview with Mr Trump, in which he said that special counsel Robert Mueller would be crossing a "red line" if he delved into his personal finances as part of his Russia probe.

"I think that's a violation," Mr Trump said. "This is about Russia!"

On Friday the New York Times reported that Mr Trump's lawyers and aides were looking at ways to discredit Mr Mueller's investigation.

The paper reported that they were probing the professional and political backgrounds of investigators hired by Mr Mueller, looking for conflicts of interest they could use to discredit the investigation or even to get Mr Mueller fired.

A version of this story was originally published in the New York Post and is reproduced here with their permission



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