The New York Times reports:
President Trump plans to hire Emmet T. Flood, the veteran Washington lawyer who represented Bill Clinton during his impeachment, to replace Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer who has taken the lead in dealing with the special counsel investigation, who is retiring, according to two people briefed on the matter.
In a phone interview, Mr. Cobb said he informed the president weeks ago that he wanted to retire. He said he planned to stay at the White House, likely through the end of the month, to help Mr. Flood transition into the new job.
Mr. Flood is expected to take a more adversarial approach to the investigation than Mr. Cobb, who had pushed Mr. Trump to strike a cooperative tone.
SCOOP: Ty Cobb is going to retire. Will be replaced by Emmet Flood.
“It has been an honor to serve the country in this capacity at the White House,” Cobb said. “ I wish everybody well moving forward.” w/@mattapuzzo https://t.co/y2njTUrVY8
— Michael S. Schmidt (@nytmike) May 2, 2018
Ty Cobb says there is still a path for Trump to sitdown with Mueller.
Less than an hour later, he’s off the Trump legal team.
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) May 2, 2018
— Amy Fiscus (@amyfiscus) May 2, 2018
the only constant in trump world is change. Ty Cobb out as White House lawyer overseeing Russia probe: https://t.co/9NCR73eCZO
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) May 2, 2018
the only Trump lawyer piece I read today is going to be whomever headlines theirs “Swing And A Miss: Ty Cobb Strikes Out At The White House”
— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) May 2, 2018