John Dowd, the attorney who took over Donald Trump’s defense last summer as the special counsel investigation was getting underway, has resigned on Thursday, according to two sources in the New York Times.
It can hardly come as a surprise to the embattled groper-in-chief, after reports have been circulating for months that Dowd was considering the move. The fact is that Trump has rarely, if ever, heeded his advice.
That, coupled with the fact that Donnie has really dialed up the crazy both on Twitter and in public ever since the GOP members of the House Intelligence Committee tried their last-ditch effort to get everyone to stop thinking about Russia by declaring their committee investigation complete, would be enough to drive any lawyer insane.
It’s got to be the understatement of the last two years to call working with Donald Trump “difficult,” given his mercurial mood swings and unpredictable outbursts of indignation and lies.
No one knows yet who will be saddled with the unlucky task of taking over point on the defense — one remaining lawyer is the actual White House counsel, who can’t quit without leaving his job entirely. Ty Cobb has advocated for cooperating with Robert Mueller’s investigation, as one might think a lawyer who represents the presidency, no matter who’s in it at the time, might do.
The two other remaining lawyers, Jay Sekulow and the recently-added Joseph DiGenova, are known primarily for their appearances on Fox News promoting conspiracy theories and spreading easily-debunked lies on television.
DiGenova, in particular, has been very active in promoting the ridiculous theory that Trump has been framed by a cadre of “Deep State” intelligence agency holdovers from the Obama administration. He told multiple news agencies that members of the FBI and DOJ concocted “a brazen plot to illegally exonerate Hillary Clinton and, if she didn’t win the election, to then frame Donald Trump with a falsely created crime.”
There is no public comment yet from the White House on Dowd’s departure, but we’re certain that Trump will either tweet about it or that we can expect Sarah Sanders to by lying about it to reporters before Friday.
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