President Trump’s top lawyer for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation has resigned, according a report from The New York Times.
John Dowd resigned this Thursday just days after Trump called for Mueller’s inquiry to end. According to sources close to the matter speaking to the Times, Dowd ultimately concluded that he could no longer get the President to heed his advice, some of which was to cooperate with Mueller’s probe.
Trump has instead chosen to escalate his public attacks on Mueller — a shift in tactics that many see as a sign that the probe is putting increasing pressure on the White House.
From the Times:
Mr. Dowd’s departure marks the most prominent shake-up for the president’s legal team since he took over from the president’s longtime personal lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz.
It is not clear who will run the team in his place. Mr. Trump’s other personal lawyer for the investigation, Jay Sekulow, is liked by the president and recently brought on one of his longtime friends, Joseph E. diGenova, to join the team.
This is the second major shakeup in Trump’s legal team this year. Dowd came in last summer after longtime Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz departed.
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