John Dowd, the lead lawyer for President Trump’s legal team in the Russia investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller, has resigned just days after calling for the removal of special counsel Robert Mueller.
Two people briefed on the matter told The New York Times that Dowd resigned Thursday.
He confirmed his resignation to NBC White House Correspondent Kristen Welker. “I love the president and wish him very well,” he told her.
John Dowd confirms he's resigned from the president's legal team to NBC's @kwelkernbc. "I love the president and wish him very well," he tells her.
— Ali Vitali (@alivitali) March 22, 2018
Dowd told the Daily Beast over the weekend that he hoped the Justice Department would end Mueller’s probe into alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
Dowd’s initial statement to the publication claimed that he was speaking as a representative of the president, but later backtracked and said he had expressed a personal opinion.
His resignation comes just days after the president hired Joe diGenova, a controversial former prosecutor and legal pundit, to join his legal team.
DiGenova has previously argued that Trump is the victim of a conspiracy orchestrated by opponents within the Justice Department.
Trump tweeted earlier this month that he was very happy with his lawyers, including Dowd: “The Failing New York Times purposely wrote a false story stating that I am unhappy with my legal team on the Russia case and am going to add another lawyer to help out. Wrong. I am VERY happy with my lawyers, John Dowd, Ty Cobb and Jay Sekulow. They are doing a great job.”