Trump hires Clinton impeachment lawyer to handle Mueller investigation

President Donald Trump's legal team is losing a member- Ty Cobb

President Donald Trump's legal team is losing a member- Ty Cobb

In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Cobb was retiring without offering a reason.

Flood was always the top choice of White House counsel Don McGahn for the job Cobb was given last summer, according to a person familiar with the hiring decision who described Flood as a "fighter".

Cobb's retirement comes as the president's personal legal team has been negotiating the terms of a possible sit-down between Trump and Mueller's team.

It is precisely this language and other attacks against special counsel Robert Mueller by Trump that made Cobb "uncomfortable" in the lead-up to his departure, CNN has reported.

Emmet Flood, who is replacing Cobb on Trump's legal team, is reportedly pursuing a strategy that revolves around a constitutional inability to compel testimony from the president.

He is speculated to take a more aggressive approach towards Mueller. Both internal and external advisers to Trump have said the risks are too great in his sitting down for an interview with Mueller or other investigators. "Witch Hunt!" Trump tweeted on Wednesday.

Giuliani cited national security concerns, such as the upcoming summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as one reason why the Mueller interview should be shelved for now.

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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.

Later on Fox News, Giuliani said that John Dowd, who quit as Trump's attorney in March, "had the right instincts about this, you're going to get him to testify over my dead body, because you're going to try to trap him". "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".

Besides Giuliani, former federal prosecutors Martin Raskin and Jane Serene Raskin also just joined Trump's outside legal team, which has recently been led by lawyer Jay Sekulow.

A subpoena to force the president before a grand jury could start an explosive legal battle that eventually reaches the US Supreme Court.

Joshua Stueve, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on the reports.

What is Mueller's latest move? But after the raid on Cohen's office, Trump's enthusiasm in directly talking to Mueller waned.

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