President Trump lawyer Ty Cobb resigns

US President Donald Trump’ s lead lawyer for dealing with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’ s Russia probe is stepping down at the end of the month, the White House confirmed Wednesday .

The New York Times, which first reported the development , said Ty Cobb would be replaced by veteran Washington lawyer Emmet Flood, adding that his hiring has not been made final .

Cobb’ s announced departure is the latest in a series from the president ’ s legal team amid an internal debate over whether or not Trump should agree to be interviewed by Mueller.

“ 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 .

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Flood represented Bill Clinton during his 1998- 99 impeachment proceedings .

Cobb took the lead of the White House team after the previous lead lawyer , John Dowd , quit in March convinced that Trump was not following his advice .

Dowd vehemently opposed Trump submitting to an interview, but the US president at the time was reportedly inclined to talk to the special prosecutor, believing it would lead to a quicker end to the probe.

Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani joined the president ’ s legal team last month, amid reports he intends to negotiate with Mueller on an interview with Trump.

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The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Mueller had warned Dowd in March that he could issue a subpoena for the president to appear before a grand jury if he declined to be interviewed.

Questions submitted by Mueller’ s team show he is probing possible obstruction of justice by the president in the firing of former FBI director James Comey .

Mueller also wants to ask Trump what he knew about attempts by campaign aides to seek Russian assistance during the 2016 US election campaign , according to the questions leaked to the New York Times.

AFP

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