Ty Cobb OUT: Another Shakeup for Trump's Legal Team

The White House has announced Cobb will retire at the end of May.

There’s another shake-up with President Trump’s legal team.

White House lawyer Ty Cobb is out. Clinton impeachment lawyer Emmet Flood is in.

According to the White House, Cobb, who has served as the point man for negotiations with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, regarding the Russia probe, will be retiring at the end of May.

“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 Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

The New York Times reported that Flood will replace Cobb, who told the paper “it has been an honor to serve the country in this capacity at the White House. I wish everybody well moving forward.”

Another one bites the dust?

Currently, Trump’s legal team has been almost completely flipped, with only Jay Sekulow remaining as an original.

That would betray one of Trump’s tweets from March.

Shortly after that tweet, John Dowd did leave, frustrated with dealing with a client who wouldn’t heed counsel, and often did himself more harm than good, but way of his out of control tweets.

Cobb has been more amenable to working with Mueller’s team. Conversely, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who recently came aboard, looks to expedite the end of the investigation through negotiations with Mueller’s team.

Also, a husband and wife team, Martin Raskin and Jane Serene Raskin, have recently joined the team.

Besides working as part of the team defending Bill Clinton in his impeachment proceedings, Flood has also served for two years as part of White House counsel under George W. Bush, handling congressional investigations.

He has worked as a partner with the law firm Williams and Connolly. According to his bio, he was a white collar specialist, working with companies and individuals in “complex white-collar matters.”

Well, this current matter is complex, no doubt, so maybe he’s the man to handle it.

It’s going to be interesting what side of the interview fence Flood stands on. Where Cobb felt Trump would be fine in an interview with Mueller’s team, the general mood seems to be that Trump sitting face-to-face with Mueller equates to a perjury trap.

It’s an interesting argument, considering there’s no perjury trap that can catch you if you don’t lie.

It seems simple, doesn’t it?

Will Flood stoop so low as to soil his hands and his reputation, knowing full well that trump WILL lie under oath (as he has done many, many times before) and that he's got a proven track record of not paying his bills?

I once worked for the FBI. It's not simple if you know how the FBI works. If you answer a question in good faith, and they have someone else who contradicts it, they can indict you. If they ask when did you say or do this or that, and your memory of something a year or two ago is faulty, and you give a date that is six months off of an email they've found...they indict you. They set you up with some innocuous questions that appear to be harmless housekeeping, but they are the gotcha moments. These are fishing expeditions, an attempt to bait the prey into their traps. To think that it is ever a cakewalk with special prosecutors is terminally naive. Federal prisons are full of people who underestimated the power of federal prosecutors.


Thanks for another great article, Susan!


Thanks for reading!

Thanks for keeping us informed in a sane and fair manner Susan. I look forward to your posts every day.


Susan, just thrilled that your voice is still available! Keep up the good work. Love your stuff.


I'm here. ;)


How does that old adage go. Oh yeah, you can pay an attorney a retainer fee, but you can't make him not retire, to avoid inevitable embarrassment! lol


Susan, you were my favorite writer on RedState. Now you are my favorite on The Resurgent. Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us daily.


Thank you!

I appreciate that.


@JCYao said, "Thanks for keeping us informed in a sane and fair manner Susan. I look forward to your posts every day"

Agree that this article is written more as factual info than as adjective-laden opinion. Thank-you for reporting rather than editorializing. Good to see it.

I take issue with the seemingly-straightforward statement "there’s no perjury trap that can catch you if you don’t lie."

I do not believe that Jesus Christ could emerge from a Mueller-style investigation unscathed. They WILL be capable of finding SOME wrongdoing, regardless of whether there has actually been any wrongdoing.

Please note that I am not expressing any opinion on President Trump. For me, there is little relationship between the Mueller investigation and any guilt or innocence on Trump's part.