Trump’s Lawyer John Dowd Tries To Discredit Robert Mueller’s Investigation With The Firing Of Andrew McCabe
President Donald Trump’s lawyer John Dowd tried to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia and the Trump campaign by pointing to Attorney Jeff Sessions’ firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe only two days before his retirement.
After McCabe was fired, he noted that his termination was an effort to attack Mueller’s investigation:
The attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally.
It is part of this administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work.
Dowd confirmed the target was the Mueller investigation during an interview with The Daily Beast:
I pray that Acting Attorney General Rosenstein will follow the brilliant and courageous example of the FBI 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.
Dowd said he made the statement on behalf of Trump “as his counsel,” but, later, may have realized that sounded like obstruction of justice on Trump’s behalf, and claimed he was only speaking for himself.
Trump himself cheered McCabe’s firing on Twitter:
Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI – A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2018
The New York Times notes that Mueller is also investigating Trump for obstruction of justice:
Mr. McCabe was among the first at the F.B.I. to scrutinize possible Trump campaign ties to Russia. And he is a potential witness to the question of whether Mr. Trump tried to obstruct justice. Mr. Trump has taunted Mr. McCabe both publicly and privately, and Republican allies have cast him as the center of a “deep state” effort to undermine the Trump presidency.
As a witness, Mr. McCabe would be in a position to corroborate the testimony of the former F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, who kept contemporaneous notes on his conversations with Mr. Trump. Mr. Comey said Mr. Trump prodded him to publicly exonerate the president on the question of Russian collusion and encouraged him to shut down an investigation into his national security adviser.