John Dowd has quit as the lead of Trump’s legal team. Dowd’s departure comes days after Trump called for an end to Robert Mueller’s inquiry and days after Dowd said the investigation should end, initially claiming he was speaking for Trump before saying he was only speaking for himself. Trump’s attorneys are in negotiations with the special counsel’s team over a potential interview with Trump. It is not clear who will take over the legal team.
Although he gave no reason for leaving, it is largely believed it has something to do with (a) the client (Trump) not listening to legal advice and/or (b) the hiring of “conspiracy theorist” attorney Joseph E. diGenova.
Here’s a CNN reporter tweet:
UPDATE: 4 defense attorneys at different large law firms have been approached to join Trump’s legal defense team in recent weeks. All 4 turned him down.
— Katelyn Polantz (@kpolantz) March 22, 2018
Robert Bennett also said “no”.