Trump Eyeing Further Legal Team Shakeup As Mueller Probe Intensifies

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 20, 2018

Trump has told associates recently that he is considering firing Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer who handles the Russian Federation probes and the loudest voice urging Trump to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, according to the New York Times.

The shift in tone appears to be a product of the president's concern that the investigation into possible ties between his associates and Russia's election interference is bearing down on him more directly.

Trump has grown increasingly combative with career law enforcement officials, as he publicly celebrated the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe over the weekend, while also calling out special counsel Robert Mueller by name for the first time on his Twitter account.

The president reassured Mr. Cobb that he had no plans to fire him, according to a person who spoke with the president late Monday, in part to prevent a narrative that his team was in disarray after The New York Times began making inquiries.

Trump rejected assertions that he's looking for new attorneys, praising Cobb, Dowd, and his other lawyer, Jay Sekulow, in a tweet earlier this month. To that end, Trump recently interviewed Emmett Flood, an attorney who represented President Bill Clinton in his impeachment proceedings, The Times said.

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