|United States Attorney for the District of Columbia|
December 2, 1983 - March 1, 1988
|Stanley S. Harris|
|Jay B. Stephens|
February 22, 1945|
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
Victoria Toensing (m. 1981)
University of Cincinnati (BA)|
Georgetown University (JD)
Joseph diGenova (born February 22, 1945) is an American attorney who served as the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1983 to 1988. He is known for promoting conspiracy theories about the Department of Justice and the FBI.
As a U.S. Attorney, diGenova led the prosecution of Jonathan Pollard, who pleaded guilty in 1987 to spying for Israel. DiGenova later served as Independent Counsel investigating the 1992 preelection search of then-candidate Bill Clinton's passport file by officials of the George H. W. Bush administration. Earlier in his career, he was an aide to Republican Senator Charles Mathias of Maryland. DiGenova called on President Trump to pardon Scooter Libby, adviser of Dick Cheney, who was found guilty of perjury in an investigation revolving around leaks of sensitive classified material. DiGenova is married to Libby's lawyer, Victoria Toensing. Trump pardoned Libby on April 13, 2018.
DiGenova, who frequently appears as an analyst and commentator on Fox News, has accused FBI officials of trying to "frame" President Donald Trump for what he claims are nonexistent crimes. On March 19, 2018, he and his spouse, Victoria Toensing, were hired to serve on Trump's legal team for the Special Counsel investigation. However, Trump backtracked the hires several days later due to potential conflicts-of-interest. The president hoped diGenova could function as a stand-in for him on television and spearhead the attacks on Mueller and the investigation.
In April 2018, DiGenova called for the firing of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, said that special counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election were "legal terrorists" and called former FBI Director James Comey "a dirty cop". In May 2018 tweet, Trump quoted DiGenova as saying "The recusal of Jeff Sessions was an unforced betrayal of the President of the United States."
On September 18, 2018, diGenova discounted charges that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, while drunk, had sexually assaulted a 15-year-old Christine Blasey Ford at a party. The allegations referred to a time when Kavanaugh was attending Georgetown Preparatory School. On Fox News, diGenova said if Ford testified, "...she's going to look like the loon that she is".
DiGenova and his wife, Victoria Toensing, both used to work within the US Justice Department, but later made their reputations peddling conspiracy theories on TV about the DOJ and FBI.
DiGenova is known as a fierce defender of Trump who has used frequent guest appearances on Fox News to advance far-out conspiracy theories that the FBI is trying to frame the president.
Joseph diGenova has promoted conspiracy theories about a 'deep state' attempt to 'frame' Trump and his campaign for criminal activities
DiGenova, a regular Fox News guest, had spouted conspiracy theories about the Mueller probe's motives against Trump.
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