New Trump Lawyer Emmet Flood Is Known for Tough Approach

President Donald Trump's legal team is losing a member- Ty Cobb

But a breakneck sequence of events over the last two days may have made the nightmare scenario increasingly likely.

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.

After saying he'd love to sit down with Mueller, he now seems to be backing away. It has also represented senior White House officials, including presidents.

He later waded into an escalating standoff between Justice Department officials and GOP lawmakers demanding the release of a sensitive document outlining the scope of Mueller's investigation.

But Cobb's exit capped a 48-hour period during which Trump dramatically ratcheted up his criticism of the Mueller probe and the Justice Department as running a "rigged system".

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"It clearly is crunch time with regards to the Mueller investigation", former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room" on Wednesday.

He continued, "What I'm concerned about, are they objective about the president's interview?"

The latest lawyer shuffle comes as the question of whether Trump will agree to an interview with Mueller appears to be coming to a head.

Veteran Washington, D.C., lawyer Emmet Flood, who represented President Bill Clinton during his impeachment process, is joining the White House to represent President Donald Trump in the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation.

The move, following the arrival of Rudy Giuliani and Jane and Martin Raskin, did more than rebuff the idea that the President can't lure big legal names; it signaled a much more adversarial approach to Mueller.

But on Wednesday, Trump did just what the Times said he would. Another source tells CNN that McGahn is expected to rejoin the campaign when he leaves the White House. The source also described Giuliani as a "professional assassin". As ABC News has previously reported, the President's legal team and his closest advisors have warned the President for months to avoid mentioning the Special Counsel in his tweets.

Cobb's retirement, though not a surprise, was nonetheless the latest evolution for a legal team marked by turnover.

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"They told the President that the investigation was going to end originally in November of a year ago, then December and then January", Lewandowski told CNN's Jim Sciutto on "The Lead".

"The President wants to get this behind him, so he can keep the country safe", Cobb said referring to the investigation.

It was unclear what Trump meant by "get involved". "Who do you want on your side if Mueller decides to subpoena the president?"

What does the special counsel do? "I think cooperation was the path". "I don't think he would be affected by malice or prejudice".

Prosecutors often use interviews with people involved in an investigation to rule out theories or close off lines of inquiry. "Mueller against the president".

"You can't blame the president for feeling, 'I am not being treated the same way [Clinton was]", Giuliani said. Last month, Trump brought former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani onto his outside legal team, and said the former federal prosecutor wanted to resolve the matter quickly.

A series of potential interview questions for Trump was leaked to The New York Times earlier this week.

He tested out a legal argument that Mueller's approach violates the Constitution and a political narrative that it's a distraction from the crucial work of the presidency. Trump has intensified his public attacks on Robert Mueller's probe in recent weeks, and on Wednesday, suggested that questions by Mueller's team about whether he obstructed justice amount to a "setup & trap".

But to prove obstruction of justice, a prosecutor must establish that an act was carried out with corrupt intent.

There is every indication that Trump knows he is in deep trouble. "And I'm glad, as a supporter of the president and a lawyer, to see that they have finally woken up".

Trump meanwhile has stepped up his counterattack.

McGahn and Flood declined to comment.

" 'This isn't some game". He met with Trump in March about assisting the administration with the Russian Federation probe, though the position was unclear, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters at the time. He was a clerk for Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.


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