The departure of attorny Ty Cobb from President Trump's legal team and the hiring of former Bill Clinton and George W. Bush White House attorney Emmet Flood suggests Trump wants to take a tougher approach with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. She later confirmed reports that Emmet Flood, who represented Clinton in the late 1990s, is joining the White House staff.
"There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Obstruction of Justice (that is a setup & trap)", Trump tweeted earlier Wednesday. Outside the White House, Jay Sekulow and John Dowd were put in charge of handling the president's personal legal matters related to the Russian Federation probe.Dowd abruptly resigned earlier this year, and Cobb plans to depart at the end of the month.
Flood soon will work alongside a remade group of personal lawyers - including another hire expected in the coming weeks - as they devise a new strategy to deal with Mueller's team, according to White House advisers.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that last month, Mueller threatened to subpoena Trump to appear before a grand jury if he declined to be interviewed.
He said an interview "could have been worked out" already but things were complicated by the recent raid on Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's office, as well as the leak of the questions.
"One of the things I think Bob feels as if he has got to do when we get to the end of this dark cloud hanging over us, no matter which way it goes, he needs to be able to say, 'I have been exhaustive, ' " Hayden said.
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Also Wednesday, Trump echoed the concerns of a small group of House conservatives who have been criticizing the Justice Department for not turning over certain investigatory documents.
President Trump shook up the legal team that's dealing with the Russian Federation investigation on Wednesday.
But Cobb's exit capped a 48-hour period during which Trump dramatically ratcheted up his criticism of the Mueller probe and the Justice Department as running a "rigged system".
"The questions are an intrusion into the President's Article 2 powers under the Constitution to fire any Executive Branch Employee", the President tweeted, quoting a supporter, lawyer Joseph diGenova.
"To remind him that this will not be that kind of interview", he explained.
A source familiar with the developments told CNN that one reason Flood took the job was because he is likely to replace current White House counsel Donald McGahn in months. And his White House is right behind him - branding the special counsel's probe a "witch hunt" in an official news release. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. Last month, 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.
Mr. Cobb had been one of the Trump lawyers pushing the president to cooperate with Mueller, amid an internal debate over whether or not the US President should agree to be interviewed by the special counsel.
Many of Trump's supporters have long wished he would quit commenting on his legal situation - because he often seems to dig himself in deeper.