'A fair fight now': Mueller meets 'his match' in Clinton impeachment lawyer

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John Dowd, another of Trump's outside attorneys, resigned in late March, amid reportedly "very sensitive negotiations" between the president's legal team and Mueller's office about a potential interview of Trump, NBC New has reported.

To underscore the point, the official White House statement said Flood would represent the president in "the Russian Federation witch hunt".

Amid reports that Mr Mueller may subpoena the president to appear before him, the White House confirmed that Mr Trump's long-time lawyer would depart at the end of the month.

He didn't personally represent Trump, however, he was coordinating all the dealings with Mueller.

The door to the offices of Donald Trump's legal team swung open once again and Ty Cobb flew out and Emmet Flood - a veteran of the Bill Clinton impeachment wars - stepped in.

If Cobb had already chose to retire weeks ago, why would he be taking the lead with the media on this sensitive topic?

"I've done what I came to do in terms of managing the White House response to the special counsel requests", Cobb told CNN. "There is no one on the president's team who has been there since day one". It further suggests the president's legal team is adopting a more combative approach toward special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigators. He takes the place of Ty Cobb, who is leaving.

According to the source, White House Counsel Don McGahn advocated for bringing Flood onto Trump's team.

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Giuliani told Hannity he is working with Trump's other lawyers to negotiate a possible Trump interview with Mueller.

"[Fellow Trump lawyer] Jay [Sekulow] felt that he needed someone that was more aggressive", Giuliani told the Washington Post about Flood's replacing Cobb.

Cobb, who sports a handlebar mustache and the name of the legendary baseball player to whom he is distantly related, previously served as a federal prosecutor in Baltimore, where he was well-regarded for prosecuting drug dealers and murderers.

"There have been people who have been making threats privately and publicly against me for quite some time", Rosenstein said.

By hiring a former impeachment lawyer on Tuesday, President Trump did exactly what he denied plotting to do in March.

"There is not and will not be any consideration of terminating the special counsel, Bob Mueller", Mr. Cobb said in October. "He's been a voice of reason", argues Above The Law editor Elie Mystal, who elsewhere has written that he will feel unfulfilled if he does not go to prison for "resisting" Trump and that black jurors should deliberately let criminals go free if they victimize whites. That's something one of Trump's new personal lawyers, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, said he was hired to make happen.

The legal argument for whether the president can be subpoenaed is murky because it stems, in part, from the question of whether a sitting president can be indicted.

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