Ty Cobb, the lawyer who has lead President Donald Trump’s counteroffensive against Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, is retiring, the White House announced Wednesday.
The White House had known for some time that Cobb was planning on retiring. “For several weeks Ty Cobb has been discussing his retirement and last week he let chief of staff (John) Kelly know he would retire at the end of this month,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
“It has been an honor to serve the country in this capacity at the White House,” Cobb told the New York Times. “I wish everybody well moving forward.”
— CNN (@CNN) May 2, 2018
Trump hired Cobb in July 2017 amid rumors that his private lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz, couldn’t take on the Russia probe alone. Notably, Cobb’s retirement announcement comes just days after the House Intelligence Committee revealed they found no evidence of collusion between Trump and the Russian government in the 2016 election.
The New York Times first reported that Trump plans to hire Emmet T. Flood to replace Cobb. Flood, who represented Bill Clinton during his impeachment, is expected to take a more “adversarial approach” to the Russia investigation than Cobb did.
BREAKING: Ty Cobb replaced by Emmet T. Flood as attorney for President Donald Trump. This is a major move and shows that the president is preparing for war with Mueller.
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) May 2, 2018
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Flood has extensive experience working with the White House. He was the lead lawyer in the White House Counsel’s Office during George W. Bush’s second term in dealing with congressional investigations. Additionally, he represented Vice President Dick Cheney in private practice.
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