Trump’s lead attorney on the Russia probe is gone.
Trump had denied reports of a legal team shakeup 11 days prior, stating on Twitter, “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…..”
According to the New York Times, Dowd felt Trump was ignoring his advice, after Trump attacked special counsel Mueller on Twitter recently.
Dowd took over Trump’s legal team last summer. His work has been questionable in the past, and included a few angry outbursts at the press. Trump recently added Joseph Digenova to his legal team, who has vehemently accused the FBI and DOJ of trying to frame Trump.
CNN also reported, “As the investigation seems to be intensifying, the President, according to multiple sources, is convinced he needs to take the reins of his own legal strategy and Trump has recently pushed to bring new attorneys onto his team.
The shift distressed some of his lawyers, namely Dowd, who felt blindsided and insulted by the President's hire of diGenova and other shifts, and privately threatened to quit before ultimately resigning on Thursday, according to two sources.”