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Trump Appoints John Dowd to the Treasury Department

Trump Appoints John Dowd to the Treasury Department

Garland’s special counsel appointment has Trump 2024 in mind but it’s not what you think

The White House announced on Friday morning that President Donald Trump had appointed John Dowd to a position at the Treasury Department, where he’ll serve as the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York. Trump has long sought to have high-level law enforcement and national-security positions in his administration filled by career men, instead of relying on political appointees and officials who have had little to no experience in the areas they’re tasked with overseeing.

The appointment has a clear rationale. It’s likely to give Trump a unique and important vantage point for a portfolio that’s among his top priorities: prosecuting national security cases against foreign adversaries and foreign agents.

“John Dowd is an international law firm’s lawyer. He has litigated on behalf of governments and companies from around the world, and he has earned the respect of his peers for his ability to handle complex legal matters involving a broad range of stakeholders,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said of Dowd in an administration statement.

But while this new appointment is an important one precisely because it gives Trump a national-security “inside man,” it’s not what people generally think it is when they think about the special counsel’s role.

“I’m here to get rid of corruption and restore integrity, which has been lost over the last eight years where the rule of law has been eroded,” Dowd told the Wall Street Journal, noting that he was being appointed as part of Trump’s broader efforts to address these issues.

And the appointment of a career prosecutors who has been a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit is yet another example of what White House lawyers are trying to achieve in this era of partisan dysfunction and a president who has been able to move quickly to make new policy announcements without much need for congressional approval.

“The special counsel is tasked with investigating and prosecuting violations of federal criminal law, which are federal crimes,” said former U.S. Attorney Robert Mueller in a statement. “The position of special counsel is

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