John Dowd resigns as Trump's chief lawyer in Russia Probe

His resignation arrived a few days after Trump added former US attorney Joseph diGenova to his legal team.

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John Dowd resigned Thursday as the chief attorney for President Donald Trump in charge of dealing with the Russian probe, Jay Sekulow, one of Trump's personal attorneys, confirmed to HuffPost.

"John Dowd is a friend and has been a valuable member of our legal team," said Sekulow in a statement. "We will continue our ongoing representation of the President and our cooperation with the Special Council Office".

Dowd believed that Trump increasingly ignored his advice on how to deal with investigations by special adviser Robert Mueller about the fact that Trump's 2016 presidential campaign collided with Russia, sources from the New York Times and the Washington Post reported.


"I adore the president and wish him well," Dowd said Thursday at the NPR.

Dowd, who took over Trump's legal team when lawyer Marc Kasowitz left in July, encouraged Trump to work with Mueller. Instead, Trump has repeatedly attacked Mueller's credibility on Twitter in recent weeks.

Trump was "satisfied" with Dowd's decision to resign, according to the Times and Post. He had been shocked by the Dowd media appearances during the weekend in which he had invited the Justice Department to end the special consultant's investigations. Dowd initially said he was speaking on behalf of Trump, but later he came back and said he was just talking to himself.

Dowd's resignation arrives a few days after Trump added former US attorney Joseph diGenova to his legal team. The addition of diGenova, which accused the FBI and the Department of Justice of trying to frame Trump in the Russian collusion probe, marks a more aggressive legal strategy in the management of Mueller's investigations.

The rumors of Dowd's upcoming departure have swirled for several months. The Times reported earlier this month that Trump was hoping to add to his legal team Emmet Flood, a veteran Washington lawyer who represented President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s during his impeachment hearings. Trump immediately denied the relationship and tweeted that he was "VERY happy" with his legal team.

A representative for the White House declined to comment, while a request for comment from Dowd did not respond immediately.

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