President Donald Trump’s lawyer on Saturday called on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to shutter special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s influence over the 2016 election.
“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,” said John Dowd, as first reported by the Daily Beast.
He initially told the news outlet that he was speaking in his official capacity as Trump’s lawyer. But he later retracted that statement, telling POLITICO he was commenting in his personal capacity.
Trump’s personal legal team declined to answer follow-up questions about Dowd’s remarks. White House lawyer Ty Cobb did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
This isn’t the first time Dowd has caused waves in the Russia probe. In early December he took the blame for a tweet from President Trump that appeared to admit knowledge that former national security adviser Michael Flynn had lied to the FBI before urging then-FBI Director James Comey to drop the Russia investigation.