Cobb, 68, a seasoned white-collar defense lawyer who joined the White House team last August from his firm at Hogan Lovells, had repeatedly urged Trump to agree to the interview in order to disperse the cloud of questions hanging over his presidency.
He didn't personally represent Trump, however, he was coordinating all the dealings with Mueller.
In an interview with The Post, former NY mayor Rudolph W. Giulani - who is now serving as Trump's lead personal attorney dealing with the special counsel - said the president did not force Cobb to leave.
Emmet Flood, who's expected to fill the retiring Ty Cobb's role, worked on Bill Clinton's legal team when Clinton was impeached and then in the final years of George W. Bush's White House. Trump said on Twitter that he might "have no choice but to use the powers granted to the Presidency and get involved" to assist conservatives in the House of Representatives who are threatening to try to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for refusing to turn over documents related to Rosenstein's appointment of Mueller a year ago.
If Cobb had already made a decision to retire weeks ago, why would he be taking the lead with the media on this sensitive topic? 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. His departure marks the latest in a string as the president shakes up his legal battalion.More news: Dolphins draft Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick in first round
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Toensing said Wednesday the shake-up of Trump's legal team is just due to the investigation changing over time. "And it's not abnormal that you would have people come and go". Mr. Cobb in turn thought that Mr. McGahn's premature response towards the investigation was overly slow, so bringing the White House to the verge of the subpoena. "The White House will be fortunate to have his experienced counsel", Butswinkas said. Giuliani also said if the president spoke with Mueller, it would be no more than a 3-hour interview. "He is driving the strategy, and he has some great legal minds around him, even if there is constant churning, they're on their own point".
"They have a witch hunt against the President of the United States going on", the president has said.
"We have to keep the House because if we listen to Maxine Waters, she's going around saying, We will impeach him, we will impeach him, '" Trump said of the California Democratic congresswoman at a political rally in MI.
"He has that on his team now for the first time in 15 months".
In early March, Trump met in the Oval Office with Flood to discuss the possibility of joining the president's legal team. His view of Mueller soured further after raids last month that targeted one of his personal lawyers, Michael Cohen, in a separate investigation.
The legal argument for whether the president can be subpoenaed is murky because it stems, in part, from the question of whether a sitting president can be indicted.