President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer John Dowd has resigned as the head of the president’s legal team for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, per the NYT. A White House official confirmed the report to Axios.
The backdrop: Dowd spent last weekend personally attacking Mueller — going so far as to encourage an end to his investigation. He later told Axios’ Mike Allen that his statement was “nothing against Bob,” adding, “On St. Patrick’s Day, can’t an old Marine make a prayer? No big deal.” After the news broke of his resignation, Dowd told NBC’s Kristin Welker, “I love the president and wish him very well.”
The Failing New York Times purposely wrote a false story stating that I am unhappy with my legal team on the Russia case and am going to add another lawyer to help out. Wrong. I am VERY happy with my lawyers, John Dowd, Ty Cobb and Jay Sekulow. They are doing a great job and…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2018
- “Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer for the investigation, came aboard around the same time as Mr. Dowd and Mr. Sekulow and advocated on behalf of cooperating with the special counsel.”
- “But the president has discussed with close associates in recent days whether to fire Mr. Cobb, while reassuring Mr. Cobb that he had no plans to do so.”