One of President Trump’s personal lawyers called for the end to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe on Saturday in the wake of the firing of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe.
Trump attorney John Dowd called on deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein to “bring an end” to Mueller’s criminal probe that is examining Russian election meddling ties between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign and possible obstruction of justice.
“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 the alleged Russia collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe’s boss James Comey based upon a fraudulent and corrupt dossier,” Dowd said.
The statement was first reported by The Daily Beast, which reported that Dowd was speaking on behalf of the President, before he clarified that it was his own opinion.
Rosenstein is overseeing the Russia investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the probe last year.
Trump’s lawyers have said in the past that they are fully cooperating with Mueller’s investigators and have repeatedly indicated they believe the probe would be ending shortly.
But Trump, who maintains his innocence and often refers to the probe as a “witch hunt,” reportedly attempted to do away with Mueller in the past.
White House counsel Don McGahn prevented a firestorm last June when he stopped Trump from firing Mueller by threatening to quit.
Dowd’s comments came as a defiant Trump celebrated McCabe’s termination and ripped into the FBI on Twitter.
“As the House Intelligence Committee has concluded, there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump Campaign,” he wrote. “As many are now finding out, however, there was tremendous leaking, lying and corruption at the highest levels of the FBI, Justice & State.”
On Friday, the Justice Department announced that Sessions had fired McCabe just days before he was set to receive his pension.
McCabe was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions ahead of the release of an inspector general’s report which is expected to show he shared information with the media about the agency’s investigation into Hillary Clinton.
Both Democrats and Republicans have said firing Mueller would put Trump’s presidency in jeopardy.
On Saturday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) cautioned Trump against messing with Mueller.
“Mr. Dowd’s comments are yet another indication that the first instinct of the President and his legal team is not to cooperate with special counsel Mueller, but to undermine him at every turn,” Schumer said. “The president, the administration, and his legal team must not take any steps to curtail, interfere with, or end the special counsel’s investigation or there will be severe consequences from both Democrats and Republicans.”