Trump's Personal Lawyer: John “Droopy” Dowd
President Trump’s personal lawyer, John Dowd, said it was time for Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein to end the special counsel’s Russia investigation for good.
In a statement, Dowd said Rosenstein should: “… follow the courageous example set by AG Sessions when he fired former Deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe.”
From Talking Points Memo (TPM) – the background apparently used as the basis for Dowd’s Statement follows:
“I pray that Acting Attorney General Rosenstein will follow the brilliant and courageous example of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and bring an end to alleged Russia Collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe’s boss James Comey based upon a fraudulent and corrupt Dossier.” (Dowd to TPM in an email)
However, the Daily Beast was the first to report Dowd’s comments, and oddly enough, Dowd initially told the Daily Beast that he was speaking on behalf of the president.
But, subsequently, Dowd told TPM he was speaking for himself.
Trump’s legal team has until now urged Robert Mueller’s team to conclude their investigation into Russia’s election interference as quickly as possible, but not asked that Mueller be fired.
This new response comes in the wake of Sessions’ firing of McCabe for a “lack of candor in his responses to an internal Justice Department investigation into how the FBI handled probes relating to the 2016 election.”
Note: McCabe's full statement can be seen here.
Noteworthy: Earlier in the week, Rosenstein said that Mueller was not an “unguided missile and that he had not seen any justification for ending the special counsel’s investigation.”