Replacing Cobb, Emmet T. Flood, the D.C. lawyer who saw former President Bill Clinton through his impeachment. File that under “rich.”
Nothing to see here, folks, the White House said in its statement on Cobb’s departure: “For several weeks Ty Cobb ha been discussing his retirement and last week he let Chief of Staff Kelly know he would retire at the end of this month.”
Cobb is the second major member of Trump legal team to bow out in last several weeks, following the exit of John Dowd. Today’s news comes as Special Counsel Robert Mueller has signaled he may resort to subpoena to get Trump to answer that list of 49 questions in his Russia probe.
Dowd packed his bags in mid March, as Trump’s lead lawyer for the special counsel investigation. That had shocked no one, given that Trump kept ignoring Dowd’s counsel and advice, telling reporters he “would like to” meet with Mueller and team, which Dowd considered too risky.
Dowd’s departure had come less than two weeks after Trump tweeted in response to a NYT report:
Fast-forward to a few hours before Cobb’s announcement. Trump tweeted “there was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Obstruction of Justice (that is a setup & trap)” and more: