Saturday morning, The Daily Beast reached out to John Dowd, who is President Trump’s personal attorney, asking through email for his comment on the firing of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Dowd responded by calling for Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to follow Sessions’s example and bring to an end special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian collusion investigation, saying it was all manufactured by McCabe’s boss, former FBI Director James Comey.

Dowd replied to The Daily Beast by sending a copy of President Trump’s recent tweet: “Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI – A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!”

Dowd then included his own statement, which he clarified later to The Daily Beast was his own personal opinion:

“I pray that Acting Attorney General Rosenstein will follow the brilliant and courageous example of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and bring an end to alleged Russia Collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe’s boss James Comey based upon a fraudulent and corrupt Dossier,” Dowd then wrote.

When The Daily Beast initially asked Dowd if he was speaking on behalf of the president, he answered, “Yes as his counsel.”  After publication of this story, however, Dowd emailed to say he was actually speaking in his personal capacity, and not on the president’s behalf.

Dowd is now being hotly condemned by Democrats for implying that Mueller should be fired, and first stating that he was speaking on behalf of the president, then backtracking.

Reporter Kelly O’Donnell tweeted, “Trump lawyer John Dowd tells me he hopes Deputy AG Rosenstein will end the investigation “on its merits” after McCabe firing. He said he is not calling for the firing of Mueller.”

Democrats have responded on Twitter in a panic, warning that the president and his legal team must not do anything to interfere with Mueller’s investigation, or there will be consequences.

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