John Dowd, Trump's top Russian Federation probe attorney, resigns

Trump’s top Russia lawyer John Dowd resigns

Trump's legal team, led by attorney John Dowd since last summer, had urged the president to cooperate with the inquiry, but advised him not to testify personally.

Mr Dowd's departure comes three days after the Trump legal team added a new lawyer, former United States attorney Joseph diGenova.

Dowd is said to have believed that such a meeting between Trump, known to speak off the cuff and take himself down rabbit holes, and Mueller's team was not in the president's best interests.

That, Dowd said, would "bring an end to alleged Russian Federation collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe's boss James Comey based upon a fraudulent and corrupt dossier".

After Dowd's resignation, Trump said that he remains committed to speaking with the special counsel's office in what could be a high-risk encounter for the president.

"John Dowd is a friend and has been a valuable member of our legal team", he said.

Dowd's resignation also came after the president appointed former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova to his legal team. Dowd just wanted Trump to cooperate with the FBI's probe to bring a calm and quick end to this investigation (unless, of course, the President has something to hide), but Trump insists on being hard through every step of the way. And most recently, Trump hired Joseph diGenova, a longtime Washington lawyer who's been pushing the idea that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department framed the president.




Last week, Dowd had called for the investigation to be shut down, saying it had been poisoned by partisanship after the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

He later claimed that he was not speaking on the president's behalf. The attorneys conducted their sensitive conversation at an outdoor table at BLT Steakhouse, a popular DC restaurant a few doors down from the Times' Washington bureau and close to the offices of a slew of media organizations closely covering Trump's legal maneuvers.

According to one of two unnamed sources cited by the New York Times, Trump had increasingly ignored Dowd's legal advice.

Dowd's departure comes as the President has made clear he is seeking a more aggressive response to Mueller's investigation.

Trump's former lead attorney John Dowd.

"The more he gets into these food fights with the special counsel the less effective he will be I think as command in chief", said Sen.

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