John Dowd has reportedly resigned from President Trump’s legal team.
Two people briefed on the matter told The New York Times that Dowd, who is Trump’s lead lawyer for special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference, resigned Thursday.
The resignation comes after Trump this past weekend attacked Mueller’s Russia probe in a series of tweets.
From The Daily Mail,
John Dowd had become increasingly frustrated with Trump’s reliance on other legal minds, and with his baiting Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Twitter.
Dowd has consistently pressed the case in the West Wing that a face-to-face with Mueller would be against the president’s interests, even as Trump has confidently argued that he could handle it.
Two White House officials confirmed Dowd’s departure, which was first reported by The New York Times.
‘I love the president and wish him well,’ he told CNN on Thursday.
In Dowd’s place, the president will work principally with Jay Sekulow and Joseph diGenova, both of them right-wing partisans.
DiGenova in particular has raised eyebrows for his claims on the Fox News Channel that the Justice Department and the FBI framed Trump with manufactured evidence in an effort to help Hillary Clinton in 2016.
‘There was a brazen plot to illegally exonerate Hillary Clinton and, if she didn’t win the election, to then frame Donald Trump with a falsely created crime,’ he said in January on the cable channel.
‘Make no mistake about it: A group of FBI and DOJ people were trying to frame Donald Trump of a falsely created crime.’
Ty Cobb, who represents the White House in the Russia matters, will remain at his post.
Cobb has urged Trump and his top aides to cooperate with Mueller in the hope that it would bring his investigation to a quicker conclusion.
Mueller’s probe concerns unproven allegations that Trump’s campaign colluded with Russians to impact the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.