Trump’s Russia legal team was just hit with a stunning defection

- Maret 22, 2018

As special counsel Robert Mueller closes in on President Trump, the administration continues to sink beneath a deluge of scandals and corruption accusations. Each new day brings some additional blunder, humiliation, or crime.

The only ones keeping total collapse at bay for Trump are the few marginally competent staff members left struggling to keep the president’s worst impulses in check as well as the legal team trying to keep him out of a jail cell.

Today, Trump’s defenses have been struck a major blow. The Washington Post reports that John Dowd — one of the main attorneys handling the special counsel’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia — has officially resigned.

Dowd and the president’s interactions have grown more strained in recent weeks. Dowd disagrees with certain courses of action Trump has insisted upon. The president is infamously stubborn and frequently ignores the advice of those around him, even when he is completely out of his depths on a topic and those telling him how to proceed are steeped in experience.

Reportedly, Dowd has also drawn issue with Trump’s recent decision to bring on additional attorneys.

Trump, for his part, has grown less and less confident in Dowd’s ability to save him. The former reality television star is fickle and has a very short attention span. He lacks the patience to follow a long-term strategy against the special counsel and is easily distracted. As such, he demands fast results which is one of the many contributing factors that has led to the historic turnover rate in his White House.

The shakeup is humorously underlined by the fact that a little over a week ago Trump sent out an emphatic tweet claiming that he was “VERY happy” with his lawyers, and the first name he listed was John Dowd’s. Whether it was just one of his usual lies, or if the predictably mercurial buffoon simply soured on Dowd in the intervening period is unclear.

One also can’t rule out the fact that Dowd simply sees the writing on the wall, knows Mueller is going to bring down the president, and doesn’t want to be around when it happens.

Anyone associated with the possible, eventual implosion of the administration will carry that stain with them the rest of their lives. To say nothing of the historical reputation, it could very well make it hard to find work going forward. Whatever the final outcome, it’s likely Dowd will be happy he jumped ship.

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