So, Dowd never actually did any sort of investigation to make sure that what his client was telling him was true. A client that has a well known habit of lying and exaggersting about even meaningless details.
Neither did he conduct any interviews with witnesses that were speaking to Mueller, not even a debrief after the fact.
That actually sounds like it’s getting close to ■■■■■■■ legal malpractice it’s so bad.
Guess that’s what you get when none of the decent lawyers will represent you.
Like, seriously. I’m not even a lawyer and this sounds bananas.
"Mr. Trump’s expanded and reconstituted legal team is now dealing far more aggressively with Mr. Mueller. But only in recent weeks, when it was reported that the soon-to-depart White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, [spent at least 30 hours with Mr. Mueller’s investigators], have Mr. Trump’s lawyers fully understood just how much of an advantage Mr. Mueller gained because of Mr. Dowd’s initial strategy.
Mr. Dowd took Mr. Trump at his word that he had done nothing wrong and never conducted a full internal investigation to determine the president’s true legal exposure. During Mr. Dowd’s tenure, prosecutors interviewed at least 10 senior administration officials without Mr. Trump’s lawyers first learning what the witnesses planned to say, or debriefing their lawyers afterward — a basic step that could have given the president’s lawyers a view into what Mr. Mueller had learned. And once Mr. Dowd was gone, the new legal team had to spend at least 20 hours interviewing the president about the episodes under investigation, another necessary step Mr. Dowd and his associates had apparently not completed."
"Mr. Dowd explained that he had a special bond with Mr. Mueller because they had both served in the Marine Corps, and that he thought he could get him to end the investigation in a matter of weeks. Mr. Dowd said that he thought that he might even get the Justice Department to declare that Mr. Trump was not under investigation."
This line from the article really stuck out to me:
Mr. Dowd took Mr. Trump at his word that he had done nothing wrong and never conducted a full internal investigation to determine the president’s true legal exposure.
I’m sorry - but what kind of lawyer doesn’t verify the facts as one of the initial steps? Perhaps my thinking is different as a an accountant, but if I’m going to sign off on a tax return or audit, I’m going to double and triple check all the data that has been supplied to me and do everything I can to verify said information independently. This seems to be lack of professionalism at a minimum.
I read the article. Pretty much a rehash of information already available, just as with Woodward’s book. I saw nothing new in the article, other than yet another opportunity to bash Trump. Those trying to pretend this is about Trump’s legal team and not about Trump, are being dishonest. It is very much about Trump.