Read the Powerhouse Politics interview with outgoing White House lawyer Ty Cobb

Saul Bowman
May 3, 2018

He is to be replaced by Emmet Flood, who represented Bill Clinton. "I'm extremely grateful to the President and Chief Kelly for the opportunity to serve my country".

The news was first reported by The New York Times.

Mueller is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 election, as well as possible obstruction of justice by Trump. "Mr. Cobb, by contrast, has expressed admiration for Mr. Mueller and has never adopted the president's witch hunt language", it said. He was not going to be "part of a mud-slinging campaign", the source added.

Cobb had tried for weeks to counsel the President against threatening the Mueller investigation, the sources said.

Giuliani conveyed his concern Mueller's team seems to be leaning toward believing Comey and not Trump.

It's not immediately clear what Flood's job will be on the legal team and if he will attend meetings with Mueller.

"I've done what I come to do in terms of managing the White House response to the special counsel request", Cobb told CNN.

Cobb and McGahn hold different views on how cooperative the White House should be with the special counsel investigation. He has an interest in issues such as the judiciary and deregulation but the schedule is at times grueling and he is one of the president's longest-serving staffers. He was a clerk for Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

"Playing nice hasn't gotten them anywhere", a source told CNN's Sara Murray.

Flood has experience in the highest of high-profile white collar cases.

John Dowd, the leading lawyer representing Trump in special counsel matters, left the team in March.

One of the sources told CNN on Wednesday that Flood was not willing to work with Trump's original lawyer, Marc Kasowitz.

Another brass-knuckle operator, Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, told CNN on Wednesday that Trump had exhausted of a team that repeatedly assured him the probe was almost done.

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who joined Trump's legal team two weeks ago, told The Washington Post Wednesday that he could support a relatively short interview between Mueller and the president, with a limited number of questions.

"I think they have reached a point where, very frankly, they are not going to be able to conclude this investigation without the testimony of the President of the United States", he said.

"Some people have talked about a possible 12-hour interview".

Adding Mukasey to the President's roster of lawyers outside the White House is under consideration, but sources cautioned that a final decision has not been made.

McGahn and Flood declined to comment.

In private conversations, Trump has occasionally invoked his late attorney Roy Cohn, a hard-charging figure who taught him to punch back at enemies.

Trump in March announced he had brought on lawyers Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing, but his lawyer, Jay Sekulow, acknowledged in a statement that conflicts prevented the pair from joining Trump's team.

"There is a time to sow and a time to harvest".

"It clearly is crunch time with regards to the Mueller investigation", former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room" on Wednesday.

Cobb did not personally represent the president, but he was a critical adviser, coordinating dealings with Mueller, functioning as a point person for document and interview requests and working closely with Trump's personal lawyers.

Trump's legal team has been deeply divided on strategy since previous year, especially on the issue of whether Trump should accept to be interviewed by Mueller, or claim his executive privilege to refuse.

Earlier this month it was reported the president has hired a husband-and-wife legal team, Jane and Martin Raskin, who run a law practice in a suburb of Miami, Florida.

How Cobb's exit changes Trump's strategy remains to be seen, but he told ABC News Wednesday that Trump sitting for an interview with Mueller was "certainly not off the table".

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