John Dowd resigns as Trump’s top lawyer in Mueller's Russia probe - MRCAESAR.COM

Thursday, 22 March 2018

John Dowd resigns as Trump’s top lawyer in Mueller's Russia probe


John Dowd is reportedly stepping down amid rumors of a legal team shake-up for the President. (RICHARD DREW/AP)
President Trump’s lead lawyer handling the special counsel probe into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin stepped down on Thursday.
Dowd confirmed his decision to resign in an email to The Associated Press, saying he “loves the president” and wishes him well.
Dowd had considered leaving his post several times in the past as the President repeatedly ignored his advice to cooperate with Mueller’s team, The New York Times reported.
Rumors ran rampant this week that a legal team shake up was in the works.
Trump added former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova, a regular Fox News guest who often hammers the FBI as biased, to the rotating cast of legal experts earlier in the week.
Still on the payroll is Jay Sekulow, who moonlights as a right wing radio host. Sekulow often takes to the air to assail Mueller’s investigation.
Dowd had considered stepping down in the past over his inability to control Trump’s outbursts, The New York Times reported.(POOL/GETTY IMAGES)
It was not immediately clear who would take over the top spot.
Dowd came under fire over the weekend for calling for an end to Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling and possible obstruction of justice by the President.
He at first said the statement was made as Trump’s counsel before backtracking and telling the press it was his personal view.
Trump doubled down on Sunday, criticizing Mueller by name and attacking his team of investigators.
“Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans? Another Dem recently added...does anyone think this is fair? And yet, there is NO COLLUSION!” Trump tweeted.
Dowd took over as the head of the legal team from longtime Trump attorney Marc Kasowitz last summer.
Kasowitz, a New York-based trial attorney, repped Trump in several past cases, including his high-profile divorce from his first wife.
Mueller’s team of investigators has floated several topics that it wants to talk to the President about.
Federal prosecutors are hoping to learn more about the President allegedly asking former FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Mueller also wants to know about Trump's reaction to Comey's May 2017 testimony on Capitol Hill, according to The Times. Investigators would also like to learn more about the President contacting intelligence community leaders about the Russia investigation.

The Times reported that Trump’s lawyers “appear to be feeling increasingly uneasy” about their status with the President as the special counsel’s probe into Russian election meddling continues. 

- ny news 

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