President Trump’s lead lawyer for the special counsel investigation, John Dowd, resigned on Thursday, according to the New York Times. But people on Twitter are pointing out that on March 11 — just 11 days ago — Trump sent a tweet citing Dowd by name, saying he was “VERY happy” with his legal team.
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 and…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2018
“Well @realDonald Trump tweet on John Dowd didn’t age too well,” one user wrote.
“So I guess NYT was correct again. There is literally nothing he doesn’t lie about,” another added.
“Hey, a lot can happen over 11 days,” another user said.
Trump disputed a previous New York Times article reporting that he was looking to add another lawyer to his legal team. The Times reported on March 10 that Trump was in discussions with Emmett T. Flood, a veteran lawyer who had represented Bill Clinton during the impeachment process. On March 19, Trump added Joseph E. diGenova, a former U.S. attorney, to his legal team.
The Times also said that there were “signs in recent months that Mr. Trump might be looking to shake up his legal team.” Dowd took over Trump’s legal team last summer and considered leaving several times because he felt Trump was ignoring his advice.
“We stand by our reporting, which was confirmed by multiple people close to the president,” the Times said in a statement issued by its communications department on March 11.
Trump recently attacked special counsel Robert Mueller by name on Twitter, despite Dowd advising him to cooperate with the Russia investigation.
See some of the Twitter reactions to the news below.
— Lubna???????? (@LubnaArikat) March 22, 2018
Accurate New York Times https://t.co/IriErbGeFz
— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) March 22, 2018
Man. I had John Dowd making it to the Elite Eight. #BracketBuster
— Laura (@LauraIsJudgingU) March 22, 2018
John Dowd just resigned. Trump's tweet was 11 days ago. https://t.co/kAuUK5ENdA
— Oscar (@OscarLondonoJr) March 22, 2018
11 days ago.
Since then, hired a lawyer and fired John Dowd. So I guess NYT was correct, again. There is literally nothing he doesn't lie about. pic.twitter.com/W4tNd1ZKVs
— Michael ❄️ (@MikeTheAverage) March 22, 2018
Wow, this didn't age well. Just 11 days go by and already your lead lawyer, John Dowd, has quit.
But, technically your tweet may still be right. You were happy with them, but obviously they're not too happy with you, since you refuse to STFU per their instructions.
— K. Scott Gant ???? (@ksgant) March 22, 2018
"I am VERY happy with my lawyers, John Dowd, Ty Cobb and Jay Sekulow. They are doing a great job and…."
— Jonathan Fantroy (@playnthakeyofj) March 22, 2018
11 days ago Trump told us how "very happy" he was w/ his legal team, that he had no plans to hire anyone else. Three days ago, Trump hired attorney-conspiracy-theorist Joseph diGenova for his legal team. Today Trump's lead attorney, John Dowd, resigned. #NoChaosJustGreatEnergy https://t.co/itUmlVM4hr
— Hurst4Spd (@J_Hurstman) March 22, 2018
— JM Deutsch (@jm_deutsch) March 22, 2018
“I am VERY happy with my lawyers, John Dowd, Ty Cobb and Jay Sekulow. They are doing a great job”. 11 days later……… pic.twitter.com/fg46nLgvWi
— leslie (@indypghgirl) March 22, 2018