White House Shakes Up Legal Team Amid Public Duel Over Mueller Subpoena

Eloise Marshall
May 3, 2018

His departure was confirmed by Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday.

Trump plans to hire Emmet T. Flood, a lawyer who defended Clinton during the impeachment process, according to the Times report, although the White House cautioned that the decision for Cobb's replacement was not final.

White House lawyer Ty Cobb, who is dealing with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Russian Federation, is leaving his position and being replaced by Emmet Flood, the attorney who represented former president Bill Clinton during his impeachment proceedings.

Mueller reportedly threatened Trump's legal team with a subpoena in March, if Trump chose to decline a voluntarily interview with federal prosecutors.

Cobb earned his juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center and A.B. from Harvard College. Both internal and external advisers to Trump have said the risks are too great in his sitting down for an interview with Mueller or other investigators.

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In a phone interview with the New York Times, Cobb, said he informed the president weeks ago that he wanted to retire. He is "expected to take a more adversarial approach to the investigation than Mr. Cobb, who had pushed Mr. Trump to strike a cooperative tone", as the newspaper put it.

Citing national security concerns, Giuliani suggested that having Mueller interview Trump for his ongoing Russian Federation investigation before the summit could have a negative impact and derail the progress in North Korea relations. During the Clinton Administration, he engaged with Congress and an independent counsel.

After telling Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday night that President Trump repaid his lawyer Michael Cohen for having quietly "funneled" $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels in October 2016 to secure her silence about a purported affair with Trump, Rudy Giuliani elaborated on the repayment scheme to various reporters, arguing that the details clear Trump of any campaign finance violations.

John Dowd, the leading lawyer representing Trump in special counsel matters, left the team in March. "I mean he didn't he didn't start the investigation". "You can't possibly feel as a citizen of the world that his negotiations with North Korea aren't much more significant than this totally garbage investigation", he said. The president's legal team has not committed him to an interview with Mueller, who has dozens of questions on a broad array of topics he'd like to ask.

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