Trump lawyer leaves

Another exit from Donald Trump’s staff, this time his lead lawyer on the Mueller investigation.

NY Times: John Dowd Resigns as Trump’s Lead Lawyer in Special Counsel Inquiry

President Trump’s lead lawyer for the special counsel investigation, John Dowd, resigned on Thursday as his strategy for cooperating with the inquiry grew increasingly at odds with Mr. Trump’s desire for a more aggressive posture.

Mr. Dowd, who took over the president’s legal team last summer andconsidered leaving several times, ultimately concluded that Mr. Trump was ignoring his advice, a person briefed on the matter said.

His departure marked the most significant shake-up for the president’s legal team in months and underscores the president’s growing frustration with the investigation by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, into Russia’s election interference and possible ties to Trump associates as well as whether the president obstructed the inquiry.

The president has in recent days begun publicly assailing Mr. Mueller, a shift in tone that appears to be born of Mr. Trump’s concern that the investigation is bearing down on him more directly. He has also insisted he should sit for an interview with the special counsel’s office, even though Mr. Dowd believed it was a bad idea.

It would be difficult to keep providing legal advice for someone who keeps ignoring it.

It’s highly like that some of Trump’s public statements are going to come back to haunt him legally.

The president was said to be pleased with Mr. Dowd’s resignation, as he had grown frustrated with him, particularly over the weekend when Mr. Dowd called on the Justice Department to end the special counsel investigation. Mr. Dowd, who had forged relationships with the special counsel’s office, said at first that he was speaking for the president, but later backtracked.

The president was angered with Mr. Dowd’s handling of the episode, telling people it was ham-handed and Mr. Dowd should not have backed off his initial statement. Mr. Dowd, a former Marine Corps captain, has told people that the president has recently implored him to stay but was said to be considering quitting on Monday, which he denied in an interview that night.

Now he has quit.

Despite claiming otherwise on Twitter, the president has expressed displeasure with his legal team for weeks. He has met with the veteran Washington lawyer Emmet T. Flood, who represented President Bill Clinton during impeachment, about coming inside the White House to serve as his top lawyer. Neither Mr. Dowd nor Jay Sekulow, the president’s other personal lawyer for the investigation, knew about the meeting at the time, and after The New York Times reported about it, were said to be concerned that their standing with the president had fallen.

He tried to reassure them 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.”

Not any more. Not only does Trump continue to lose experienced staff and legal advisers, his impetuous public pronouncements will probably deter others from joining his team – the risks of being ignored or being fired are obvious, and since Trumps campaign many have been reluctant to be associated with the Trump wreck.

Meanwhile the Special Investigation continues: Mueller Examining Cambridge Analytica, Trump Campaign Ties

Special counsel Robert Mueller is scrutinizing the connections between President Donald Trump’s campaign and the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which has come under fierce criticism over reports that it swiped the data of more than 50 million Facebook users to sway elections.

Mueller’s investigators have asked former campaign officials about the Trump campaign’s data operations, particularly about how it collected and utilized voter data in battleground states, according to a person with direct knowledge of the line of inquiry but not authorized to discuss it publicly.

The investigators have also asked some of Trump’s data team, which included analysts at the Republican National Committee, about its relationship with Cambridge Analytica, according to two former campaign officials. The campaign paid the firm just under $6 million for its work in 2016, according to federal records.

Authorities in Britain and the United States are investigating whether Cambridge Analytica may have used data improperly obtained from Facebook to try to influence elections, including the 2016 White House race.

Mueller is leading a criminal probe into whether Trump’s Republican presidential campaign had ties to Russia and whether he may have obstructed justice.

The investigation isn’t going away. Trump support is.
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  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  23rd March 2018

    Trump job approval at RCP is 41.9% – not going away but rather improving recently.

    • Griff

       /  23rd March 2018

      Argumentum ad populum (“argument to the people”) is a logical fallacy that occurs when something is considered to be true or good solely because it is popular. Undoubtedly many popular notions are true, but their truth is not a function of their popularity, except in circumstances where other factors ensure that popularity is related to truth. The fallacy is the opposite of an appeal to the minority.

      The fallacy is an appeal to authority and a conditional fallacy.

  2. David

     /  23rd March 2018

    I would imagine most Americans are sick to death of the investigation, there has been no collusion presented so far but plenty of dodgy nonsense from the top of the intelligence agencies and Russian ties.
    The thing which is rarely mentioned is Brennan and Clapper both constantly on CNN tearing into Trump revealing an outrageous bias at the top. Trump apparently is quite popular amongst the rank and file who arnt too impressed with the leaderships shenanigans.

    • Griff

       /  23rd March 2018

      most Americans

      Trump apparently is quite popular {among} the rank and file

      “What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence”.
      Christopher Hitchens.

      • PDB

         /  23rd March 2018

        Probably why they are ‘opinions’ – the use of the words ‘apparently’ & ‘I would imagine’ before ‘most Americans’ gives it away somewhat Griff…

        • Griff

           /  23rd March 2018

          They were obviously opinions.
          Your point is?

        • Joe Bloggs

           /  23rd March 2018

          Fair point PDB. David has a very vivid imagination, after all… comes from living in his own little fantasy world… apparently… or so I imagine…

    • Gezza

       /  23rd March 2018

      I expect most Americans are probably most sick of Trump tweeting about it.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  23rd March 2018

        I want to hear what Hosking has to say about all of this.

  3. Zedd

     /  23rd March 2018

    Im guessing there are still lines of ‘YES-men’ waiting for the call up from Mr T; but how long will any of them last ?
    hey corky.. your number maybe coming up soon 😀

  4. MaureenW

     /  23rd March 2018

    I see McMaster has now gone too, good to see there’s no such thing as dead wood in the Trump administration. Replaced by Bolton .. hold on!!!!

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  23rd March 2018

      There were ten in the bed, and the little one said ‘Roll over ! Roll over !’

      There were nine in the bed, and the little one…..

    • Gezza

       /  23rd March 2018

      Bolton sounds like bad news. An ultra-hawk. Bush supporter, insisted Hussein had WMD, loudly-supported Iraq invasion, has advocated US attack Iran & Korea, nominee for UN ambassador but so unstable Senate wouldn’t confirm him. “Never met a war he didn’t like” an Ajaz US commenter said. Only thing is he has been a fierce critic of Russia too, the commenter said – unless he’s now changed his position & intends to just be a Yes Man on that issue with Trump being such a mate of Putin. You gotta wonder about that. Anorher commentator said Trump is going to sack Mueller soon.

  5. sorethumb

     /  23rd March 2018

    Trump versus a political machine with it’s own culture set on auto pilot (globalisation).

    • sorethumb

       /  23rd March 2018

      Think Suzie Ferguson/ Guyon Espiner and Everyone Must Now Speak Te Reo

  6. Joe Bloggs

     /  23rd March 2018

    Sacked or resigned from trump Admin:

    – Bannon
    – Bharara
    – Cohn
    – Comey
    – Corralo
    – Dearborn
    – Flynn
    – Goldstein
    – Gorka
    – Harvey
    – Hicks
    – Icahn
    – Katz
    – McCabe
    – McMaster
    – Porter
    – Powell
    – Price
    – Priebus
    – Raffel
    – Scaramucci
    – Sifakis
    – Spicer
    – Tillerson
    – Yates..

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  23rd March 2018

      Some Americans have such odd names (Reince Priebus) that Globalist McMaster might be what he’s actually called 😀

  7. sorethumb

     /  23rd March 2018

    Goal: Break Trump’s presidency, remove him, discredit his election as contaminated by Kremlin collusion, upend the democratic verdict of 2016, and ash-can Trump’s agenda of populist conservatism. Then, return America to the open borders, free trade, democracy-crusading Bushite globalism beloved by our Beltway elites.

    Trump, in a way, is the indispensable man of the populist right.

    In the 2016 primaries, no other Republican candidate shared his determination to secure the border, bring back manufacturing or end the endless wars in the Middle East that have so bled and bankrupted our nation.

    Whether the Assads rule in Damascus, the Chinese fortify Scarborough Shoal, or the Taliban return to Kabul are not existential threats.

    But if the borders of our country are not secured, as Reagan warned, in a generation, America will not even be a country.


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