White House lawyer Ty Cobb is leaving his position, and a lawyer who represented former President Bill Clinton during his impeachment process is joining President Donald Trump's legal team as it adopts a more adversarial posture toward the special counsel's investigation.
"Emmet's a terrific lawyer - smart, savvy and ethical - and one who lived through a special counsel's investigation of a president", said George Conway, a lawyer who advised the legal team of Paula Jones, who had accused Clinton of sexual harassment during the Clinton investigation.
Still, a person familiar with the matter said Flood has been spotted at the White House several times over the past several months, discussing with members of Trump's team the possibility of joining.
Trump has since appeared increasingly frustrated with the investigation.
The administration has reportedly been courting Flood since last summer, but was unable to secure him then on account of his dislike for Trump outside lawyer Marc Kasowitz, who has since left the President's employ.
Those interview negotiations are hugely consequential, especially after Dowd confirmed to the AP this week that Mueller's team in March raised the prospect of issuing a grand jury subpoena for Trump, an extraordinary move that would seek to force a sitting president to testify under oath.
Trump tweeted that this was a "false story", adding, "I am VERY happy with my lawyers, John Dowd, Ty Cobb and Jay Sekulow". McGahn, says one source, worked hard to get Flood to the White House.
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Cobb's retirement comes as the president's personal legal team has been negotiating the terms of a possible sit-down between Trump and Mueller's team.
Cobb has been the point person for the President Donald Trump's White House regarding special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. The biggest change, Cobb's departure removes the strongest voice the president heard on a daily basis not to fire Mueller.
Separately, Giuliani told Bloomberg News that the legal team "would be inclined" to allow the interview, but said if Mueller already believed former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's version of events, then it would be leading Trump "into the lion's den".
Cobb and McGahn hold different views on how cooperative the White House should be with the special counsel investigation.
Cobb, 68, a seasoned white-collar defense lawyer who joined the White House team last August from his firm at Hogan Lovells, had repeatedly urged Trump to agree to the interview in order to disperse the cloud of questions hanging over his presidency.
Similar reports had surfaced earlier too, but Trump refuted them.
Cobb was part of the round two team - that took over in the summer of 2017 when the president and his closest advisors realized a need to add some lawyers with inside Washington knowledge to the team. Everyone knew this day would come when you had to decide whether the President was going to decide to sit down with Mueller or fight a subpoena.