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John Dowd resigns as Trump shakes up legal strategy for Russia probe

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A personal lawyer for President Donald Trump, John Dowd, has resigned from his position as Mr Trump shakes-up his legal team and its approach to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Mr Dowd’s resignation follows reports of repeated clashes between him and the president in recent weeks, and sources told the New York Times that Mr Dowd made his decision after determining that the president was increasingly ignoring his advice.

Sources told the Washington Post that Mr Dowd’s departure was largely a mutual decision between him and Mr Trump, even if they disagreed over strategy. The president reportedly lost confidence in Mr Dowd’s ability to deal with Mr Mueller’s probe during the clashes that have played out in recent weeks. Meanwhile, Mr Dowd had reportedly become frustrated with Mr Trump’s interest in bringing on new attorneys to the team.

“I love the President and wish him well,” Mr Dowd said in a statement after his resignation.

“John has been a valuable part of the team and a friend and we will continue to cooperate fully with the special counsel,” Jay Sekulow, a spokesman for Mr Trump’s legal team, told the Washington Post.

Mr Trump himself has recently insisted that he is happy with the way his legal team has been handling the Russia inquiry, and tweeted on March 11 that he was “VERY happy” with his lawyers, naming Mr Dowd alongside Ty Cobb, and Mr Sekulow, and saying they “are doing a great job”.

Last week, Mr Dowd attracted criticism by calling on the Justice Department to shut down Mr Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying that the investigation was “corrupted” by political bias. Those calls were made just after former FBI Deputy Director Andrew

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