A White House lawyer is the latest to leave the Trump administration
03 May, 2018, 20:38
President Donald Trump's decision to replace White House legal counsel Ty Cobb with Emmet Flood - famous for representing President Bill Clinton during impeachment proceedings in 1996 - has only deepened the breadth of his legal bench, according to former Cincinnati Mayor Ken Blackwell.
White House lawyer Ty Cobb's retirement was announced that morning in a statement from press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Cobb, "a friend of the president", did "a terrific job", said Sanders.
President Donald Trump's lawyer for the probe into alleged collusion between his election team and Russian Federation has left, in the case's latest legal shake-up.
Ty Cobb's departure is the latest in a series from the president's legal team.
Trump on Twitter Wednesday promoted a comment from attorney Joseph diGenova describing the questions as an "intrusion" into the president's constitutional powers and saying it would be "outrageous" to ask the president what he was thinking when firing members of the executive branch.
He had reportedly urged the president to allow himself to be interviewed by Mr Mueller in order to hurry along the inquiry that is overhanging his presidency.
Trump's legal team has been deeply divided on strategy since past year, especially on the issue of whether Trump should accept to be interviewed by Mueller, or claim his executive privilege to refuse.
Mr. Cobb took the lead of the White House team after the previous lead lawyer, John Dowd, quit in March convinced that Mr. Trump was not following his advice.
Joshua Stueve, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on the reports.
John Dowd, who resigned in March as the president's top personal lawyer, was said to be against an interview. Possible Mueller questions, as compiled by the president's lawyers, were splashed across front page yesterday. If Cohen paid Daniels without being reimbursed to protect Trump during the campaign, that would likely be an illegal campaign contribution; if Trump paid him back, it could be considered an unreported campaign loan; and "Giuliani suggesting it was funneled through the firm as legal fees", Larry Noble at the Campaign Legal Center tells the Post, "is evidence of an intent to hide the source, which could make it knowing and willful, which is criminal".
It was not immediately clear in what context the possibility of a subpoena was raised or how serious Mueller's prosecutors were about such a move.