President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, John Dowd, told a news outlet Saturday that it's time for special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, which is probing the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election, to be shut down.
Dowd's comments came after Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe was fired on Friday. They came in response to a request for comment from the Daily Beast.
What did Dowd say?
According to the Daily Beast, Dowd sent an email that enclosed Trump's tweet addressing McCabe's termination and suggested that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein do to Mueller what Attorney General Jeff Sessions did to McCabe.
Dowd also called the decision to fire McCabe "brilliant" and "courageous."
"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," he said.
Dowd then explained he was speaking on behalf of the president as his attorney. In a follow-up email, Dowd added he believes the Mueller investigation should be ended "on the merits" — a likely reference to the fact that no evidence has surfaced to suggest any wrongdoing from Trump in the 2016 election.
In addition to his statement, Dowd also enclosed a quote from the popular Tennessee Williams play "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof":
What's that smell in this room[Bureau}? Didn't you notice it, Brick [Jim]? Didn't you notice a powerful and obnoxious odor of mendacity in this room[Bureau}?... There ain't nothin' more powerful than the odor of mendacity[corruption]... You can smell it. It smells like death.
Rosenstein is overseeing the Russian investigation because Sessions recused himself from it.
In a later comment to CNN, Dowd said he was speaking on his own behalf, not the president's.