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Ty Cobb out as White House lawyer

Ty Cobb out as White House lawyer

The administration said on Wednesday that White House lawyer Ty Cobb is stepping down.

US President Donald Trump's lead lawyer for dealing with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe is stepping down at the end of the month, the White House confirmed today.

The Wall Street Journal said that Mr. Trump made a decision to remove Mr. Cobb as the White House attorney because he was adopting a cooperative approach with the Special Counsel, Robert Muller, who is investigating into the allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 USA elections.

Although no concrete collusion evidence has been found, Mueller's team has shown even greater apparent interest in whether Trump could be charged with obstruction of justice for firing former FBI Director James Comey in May 2017. Daniels is a porn star who claimed to have had an affair with Trump 10 years ago. "But the gloves may be coming off".

Trump has intensified his public attacks on Mueller's probe in recent weeks.

Cobb was a strong advocate that the president should sit down with the special counsel, repeatedly advising cooperation as a way to get the probe wrapped up quickly.

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. He was not going to be "part of a mud-slinging campaign", the source added. "I can't possibly tell the president or Gen. [John] Kelly or Mike Pompeo, or John Bolton, give me two days to prepare for a bulls-t interview that should never be taking place anyways".

In a statement to CBS, he said that he does not "mind being regarded as a peacemaker".

The US president himself has said he is willing to speak to Mr Mueller, but US media report his enthusiasm has cooled after the offices of his personal attorney were raided.

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Trump lashed out against the investigation in a familiar fashion Wednesday, saying on Twitter: "There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Obstruction of Justice (that is a setup & trap)".

He later waded into an escalating standoff between Justice Department officials and GOP lawmakers demanding the release of a sensitive document outlining the scope of Mueller's investigation. And on Wednesday, Trump issued a strong threat to "get involved" with the investigation.

As the podcast first aired, word came out that Cobb would retire at the end of the month.

The law firm of Williams & Connolly confirmed that Flood is departing.

Noting that Giuliani's interview "was amazing" and "very encouraging to me", Dhillon said it was refreshing to see that the Trump team is "smartening up and girding for battle". It has also represented senior White House officials, including presidents. Now, the White House is anticipating a possible legal showdown over a presidential interview. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. Sources told CNN that in a meeting with the President's lawyers, Mueller had raised the prospect of compelling Trump's testimony if he did not voluntarily agree to talk. You want to have your wartime consigliere.

Added Alan Dershowitz, a former Harvard Law professor and informal Trump adviser: "Flood is the kind of guy you bring in if you want to litigate, or at least if you want the other side to think you are going to litigate".

Given the highly sensitive political circumstances, many analysts believe that Mueller will go the extra mile to find an arrangement that accommodates the President and his lawyers. "So, he fired him and he said, 'I'm free of this guy'". Trump attorney Jay Sekulow declined comment as well. 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". "It'd be, max, two to three hours around a narrow set of questions".

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.