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Tags: Donald Trump | Russia Probe | john dowd | mueller report | ty cobb

Dowd: Mueller Report Is 'Pure Mischief, Wholly Unnecessary'

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John Dowd (Richard Drew/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 17 April 2019 01:18 PM

The Mueller report is “pure mischief” and “wholly unnecessary,” John Dowd, who represented Trump for almost a year of the 21-month probe, told The Daily Beast on Wednesday.

Dowd, who said he has not read the report, which will be released on Thursday and is expected to be some 400 pages with heavy redactions, said it doesn’t need to be more than “five pages” and should only be a description of what special counsel Robert Mueller did and whom he formally declined to prosecute.

“The trouble is, these special counsels inflate themselves, think they’re more important—and they’re not, in the scheme of things, and it ruptures the system of justice and it’s not fair,” Dowd said.

Dowd also slammed Mueller’s decision not to make a ruling about whether to charge Trump with obstruction of justice, saying “it’s a probe that’s tainted by politics and by hate, and I don’t like it.”

Ty Cobb, the lawyer who managed the running of the White House’s response to Mueller during part of the investigation, told The Daily Beast “It will not surprise me if people seize on otherwise inconsequential things to perpetuate whatever conspiracy theory they’re attached to.”

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said he has no concerns about the report, but suspects that Mueller’s prosecutors may spice it with “snide comments.”

Two other defense lawyers who were involved with Mueller’s team agreed, with one saying “when the report is out, cable news and the Democrats will act like they are hearing for the first time things that have been public for 15 months... And they will somehow try to make [Attorney General William] Barr look like he was less than candid when in fact he previewed this in his first letter that Sunday night.”

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The Mueller report is “pure mischief” and “wholly unnecessary,” John Dowd, who represented Trump for almost a year of the 21-month probe, told The Daily Beast on Wednesday.
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