White House lawyer John Down has resigned because President Donald Trump reportedly “was increasingly ignoring his advice” on how to handle Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.
Ironically, Dowd told The New York Times on March 19 that he was staying: “I’m sitting here working on the president’s case right now.”
Over the next few days, Trump attacked Mueller on Twitter.
The New York Times reports that Dowd has repeatedly warned the fact-challenged president against doing a face-to-face interview with Mueller, but Trump believes he should do the interview, and has said publicly that he would.
According to the New York Times, the next Trump attorney in line is Christian radio show host and civil lawyer Jay Sekulow who has no criminal experience:
It is not clear who will take over the legal team. 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.
Trump reportedly tried to get attorney Ted Olson on his team, but Olson turned him down. Olson was behind President George W. Bush’s 2000 Supreme Court victory and was co-counsel for the legalization of gay marriage case.