I 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.