Ty Cobb, the member of Trump’s legal team who most frequently preached cooperation with the special counsel, has quit. In fact, he’s not just quit the Trump legal team; he’s going to retire. Donald Trump, meanwhile, is expected to replace him with Emmet T. Flood, a veteran Washington lawyer who had some experience on Bill Clinton’s legal team during his impeachment proceedings. Flood has also advised both George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
Flood is considered a more adversarial lawyer, although I should note that it’s not like Flood’s adversarial nature prevented Clinton from being impeached.
The upheaval to Trump’s legal team comes at a precarious time, in which he is facing the prospect of being subpoenaed by Robert Mueller, a situation itself rife with legal dangers. Currently, Rudy Giuliani leads Trump’s legal team and is making an effort to negotiate an interview with Mueller.
Meanwhile, this it the latest departure of many for Trump’s legal team, following the resignation of John Dowd and Marc Kasowitz. In fact, last year, Flood refused to come aboard Trump’s legal team as long as Kasowitz was a member. Several months ago, Trump also slammed the NYTimes for suggesting that he was considering hiring Flood.
The Trump legal team is beginning to look a lot like the rotating cast of a David Kelley legal drama. He’s about three months away from hiring Denny Crane.