In an interview with a new ABC News podcast about the Mueller investigation, the former lead attorney for President Donald Trump said that he would be surprised if the special counsel had the temerity to even release a report at the end of the probe.
“I don’t think they’ll be a report,” said lawyer John Dowd, who led Trump’s defense team for a year. “I will be shocked if anything regarding the president is made public, other than, ‘We’re done.’”
Dowd has insight into Mueller’s investigation that few in Washington share, and he doesn’t believe the special counsel’s probe has come up with anything that would endanger the president.
“I know exactly what [Mueller] has,” Dowd said. “I know exactly what every witness said, what every document said. I know exactly what he asked. And I know what the conclusion or the result is. There’s no basis. There’s no exposure. It’s been a terrible waste of time.”
Dowd said the investigation and the insinuations of Russian collusion add up to “one of the greatest frauds this country’s ever seen.”
Dowd ultimately left the legal team last March because he did not agree with President Trump’s desire to sit with Mueller for a one-on-one interview. While that interview never ended up transpiring, Dowd was fearful at the time that Mueller would set the president up for a perjury trap – creating a crime where none previously existed. He said that belief has been vindicated by the other indictments Mueller has scored against people in and around the president’s campaign.
“What I call nickel-dime process crimes,” Dowd said. “I ran a strike force. I ran big corruption cases. I didn’t go around, picking scabs and just making any case I could make. If there was a petty case, I shifted it to someone else. I didn’t do it. And that’s where I disagree with Bob.”
Dowd said that he also lost respect for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein throughout the course of the investigation.
“If I was supervising Mueller, [I would] tell him to ‘knock it off, get it done,” Dowd said. “Your job is to find out if there’s collusion or there was obstruction. And the answer’s ‘no,’ so let’s get on with it.”
There have been numerous hints in recent weeks that Mueller is indeed ready to “get on with it,” but then again, we’ve been told he’s wrapping up his investigation for more than a year at this point. We have to assume that as long as the Democrats think this investigation is helping them politically, they will encourage Mueller to keep it going. They don’t care about the truth, and they certainly don’t care about justice. They just want to make as much political hay out of this nonsense conspiracy theory as they can.
And Robert Mueller appears to be a willing servant to their agenda.