White House lawyer Ty Cobb bows out amid Russian Federation probe

A White House lawyer is the latest to leave the Trump administration

Cobb also discussed his exit, and said of his replacement - lawyer Emmet Flood, who advised President Bill Clinton during his impeachment - "I'm sure he'll do a great job".

White House lawyer Ty Cobb's retirement was announced that morning in a statement from press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Trump called it "fake news" when The New York Times reported he was in talks to hire Emmet Flood, a lawyer who represented President Bill Clinton during his impeachment proceedings.

Two sources told CNN that Cobb was uncomfortable with Trump's tweets against Mueller, with one source describing a "rancid" atmosphere between Mueller and the White House.

The latest upheaval of the president's legal team comes as Trump has adopted an increasingly hostile posture toward the special counsel, whose investigation has expanded into an examination of whether Trump obstructed justice by seeking to shut down the probe.

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If the president refuses to meet with Mueller, the special counsel has reportedly threatened to subpoena Trump to force him to answer in front of a grand jury.

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The President has lashed out against the Mueller probe in recent days and suggested that any questions he might face about obstruction of justice would be a trap.

Cobb took the lead of the White House team after the previous lead lawyer, John Dowd, quit in March convinced that Trump was not following his advice.

Last month, Donald Trump brought former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani onto his outside legal team, and said the former federal prosecutor wanted to resolve the matter quickly. "I'm extremely grateful to the President and Chief Kelly for the opportunity to serve my country".

In a statement to CBS, he said that he does not "mind being regarded as a peacemaker". "I think cooperation was the path".

President Donald Trump is slamming a leaked list of questions that the Justice Department's special counsel may want to ask him as part of the Russian Federation investigation.

He also took a cooperative approach to Mueller's requests. Trump tweeted. "At some point I will have no choice but to use the powers granted to the Presidency and get involved!"

"Emmet Flood will be joining the White House Staff to represent the president and the administration against the Russian Federation witch hunt", Trump's Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.

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Williams & Connolly didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

McGahn, who knows Flood through their legal careers and work on conservative causes, has praised him in conversations with Trump and senior White House aides, seeing Flood as someone who shared his instincts and his wariness of overly engaging with the special-counsel investigation, the people said. And the Times reported that Trump has indeed chose to hire Flood to replace him. Now, the White House is anticipating a possible legal showdown over a presidential interview.

Giuliani also told The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that he hopes to push any meeting between Trump and Mueller until after the President's meeting with Korean leader Kim Jong Un. You want to have your wartime consigliere. Everyone knew this day would come when you had to decide whether the President was going to decide to sit down with Mueller or fight a subpoena.

"He feels his guys are being outmaneuvered", this adviser said. And now that he's done precisely what the Times said he would by hiring an impeachment lawyer, he can hardly brush it all off as "fake news".

Trump has been frustrated for months that his legal team has counseled him against his flamethrower approach to the Mueller probe. "It'd be, max, two to three hours around a narrow set of questions".

Mr Mueller's team remains tight-lipped, but the evolving strategies of the president's side are playing out almost in full view - and they may be inclined to turn this dance into a rumble.

"And my frustration is that we've gone a year and there's no - there's no criminal activity" on Trump's part, Biggs said on Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle".

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