Trump Counsel Dowd, Again, Under Fire For Controversial Public Statements

donald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedI have previously discussed the blunders of the Trump legal team and how they have undermined their client, including missteps by counsel John Dowd.  (here and here and here).  This weekend saw yet another Dowd statement and retraction on a subject of immense importance to his client.  Dowd is quoted as calling for the termination of the Mueller investigation in the name of President Trump. After an outcry and reported contradiction from the White House, Dowd insisted that he was speaking just for himself.


Dowd previously got into hot water when he suggested that Trump knew that former national security adviser Michael Flynn lied to the FBI long before his termination.  He also revealed confidential information in a loud conversation in a restaurant while sitting near a New York Times reporter.

In his latest blunder, Dowd not only called for the termination of the Mueller investigation but reportedly did so on behalf of President Trump to The Daily Beast:

“I pray that Acting Attorney General Rosenstein will follow the brilliant and courageous example of the F.B.I. Office of Professional Responsibility and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and bring an end to alleged Russia collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe’s boss James Comey based upon a fraudulent and corrupt dossier.”

It is a stupid public statement since it will not happen and just makes your client look, again, terrified of what the investigation might uncover.

After the White House reportedly said Dowd was not authorized to make the statement, he insisted that he was only speaking in his personal capacity. There are two obvious problems with that argument. First, that is not what he reportedly told the reporter in the original statement.  Second, he represents the President of the United States and does not have the free license to offer personal observations that might undermine his client.

Unless Dowd is covering for his client on this issue, the latest controversy reveals a surprising lack of discipline on a legal team heading into the most precarious stage of this litigation.

113 thoughts on “Trump Counsel Dowd, Again, Under Fire For Controversial Public Statements”

  1. Professor Turley, is “quid pro quo” legal in all cases?

    Looks like McCabe was promoted, assigned to the Hillary “investigation” and his wife deposited a check for $675K.

    To the victor go the spoils.

    I wonder if the supervisor who just coincidentally promoted McCabe was “pleasured”?

    New York Post

    “Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime Clinton confidant, helped steer $675,000 to the election campaign of the wife of an FBI official who went on to lead the probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email system, according to a report.

    The political action committee of McAuliffe, the Clinton loyalist, gave $467,500 to the state Senate campaign of the wife of Andrew McCabe, who is now deputy director of the FBI, according to the Wall Street Journal.

    The report states Jill McCabe received an additional $207,788 from the Virginia Democratic Party, which is heavily influenced by McAuliffe.

    The money directed by McAuliffe began flowing two months after the FBI investigation into Clinton began in July 2015. Around that time, the candidate’s husband was promoted from running the Washington field office for the FBI to the No. 3 position at the bureau.”

    1. If you’re still talking about quid pro quo about anything associated with Clinton and you’re NOT talking about the money flowing into Trump, Inc., from foreign governments seeking favor with the POTUS every damn week, then, honestly, there is no hope for you. He’s unfathomably corrupt, corrupted, and corruptible.

      Perhaps you didn’t know, but McCabe reported this to the appropriate agency in the FBI to make sure it wasn’t a conflict of interest and it was okayed.

      Drink a little less of the kool aid – for your own good.

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