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