President Trump's personal lawyer, John Dowd, the lead outside attorney providing advice to the president on the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, said Thursday that he has resigned. The departure also came amid "very sensitive negotiations" between the president's legal team and the special counsel about a potential interview of Trump. The president said Thursday that he would like to talk to Mueller. Dowd's exit, coming just days after Trump hired Joseph diGenova — a former U.S. attorney who has promoted a conspiracy theory that officials in the FBI and Justice Department are plotting to frame the president with a "false crime" — also signals that the president could be entering a more combative phase with the Mueller probe.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.