Emmet Flood, to replace White House lawyer Ty Cobb
Cobb’s departure and Flood’s anticipated arrival is just the latest shuffling of Trump’s legal team to deal with Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. “For several weeks Ty Cobb has been discussing his retirement and last week he let Chief of Staff Kelly know he would retire at the end of this month,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a prepared statement on Wednesday. Sanders’ statement did not mention Flood, the Washington lawyer who two months ago was said to be in discussions with Trump about joining his legal team for Mueller’s probe.Mueller’s inquiry, which is eyeing possible collusion by Trump als with Russians, is a constant source of irritation to Trump. The president has angrily denied that any collusion occurred and has lashed out at his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, the Justice Department and the FBI because of the probe. Another lawyer, John Dowd, quit his legal team in late March. About a month later, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, joined the team. The Times said Cobb has said he plans on remaining at the White House for the next several weeks to assist Flood in his new role. The article notes that Flood’s hiring by Trump has not been finalized, and that the president has in the past reversed decisions on hiring and firing people after they were reported.
Flood and Cobb had no immediate comment when contacted by CNBC. Flood is a partner at the law firm of Williams & Connolly. He was part of a team that represented Clinton during the 1999 impeachment, which ended with Clinton’s acquittal in the Senate. Flood’s bio page at his law firm also notes that he was the lead lawyer in the White House Counsel’s office under President George W. Bush for responding to hundreds of Congressional investigations. Flood also represented Bush’s vice president, Dick Cheney, in a civil lawsuit filed by Valerie Plame, a CIA employee whose status at the agency had been leaked. When the Times first reported in March that Trump was talking to Flood about becoming one of his attorneys, Trump angrily denied such a move.