Published: Thu, May 03, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Emmet Flood Replaces US President Lawyer Cobb

Emmet Flood Replaces US President Lawyer Cobb

Dowd told Bloomberg that before he quit, prosecutors working for Mueller conveyed to Trump's legal team that if the president did not agree to be interviewed, the special counsel would consider issuing a subpoena for him to testify in front of a grand jury.

Mueller is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 election, as well as possible obstruction of justice by Trump.

Cobb had advocated for cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller who is probing the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Trump has also just hired Emmet Flood, a veteran lawyer, for the investigation.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee announced that Emmet Flood will "represent the president and the administration against the Russia witch hunt", referring to the special counsel's investigation of suspicious interactions and alleged collusion between Trump's campaign and the Russian government, Reuters reported.

Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett reports from Washington, DC. The change in personnel follows other recent alterations to President Trump's legal team, including the addition of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and the departure of onetime counselor John Dowd.

"Mr. Cobb has been a calming force in the White House, routinely urging Mr. Trump not to fire Mr. Mueller or any top Justice Department officials, and making plain that he would consider resigning were that to happen, according to a person familiar with the matter", the daily said.

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He says there was a big difference between the two meetings, calling Tuesday's meeting "net fishing" and Wednesday's interview with Mueller's team "spear fishing".

Mr Mueller's team remains tight-lipped, but the evolving strategies of the president's side are playing out almost in full view - and they may be inclined to turn this dance into a rumble.

"The crooked Clintons are the most corrupt people in the world", Colbert said on Wednesday night, doing his Trump impersonation.

If Mueller's team decides to subpoena Trump, the president could still fight it in court or refuse to answer questions by invoking his Fifth Amendment protection from self-incrimination.

He's known for his aggressive advocacy and may take a more adversarial approach to Mueller.

"What are they afraid of?" Trump and he had discussed disclosing Trump's repaying Cohen, and "he was well aware that at some point when I saw the opportunity, I was going to get this over with", Giuliani added.

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