Mueller's team floated idea of Trump subpoena

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Emmet Flood, a leading Washington litigator best known for representing President Bill Clinton in impeachment proceedings, will be taking over for Cobb, according to the Times' report.

"Emmet Flood will be joining the White House staff to represent the President and the administration against the Russian Federation witch hunt", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

Last month, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani joined Trump's outside legal team and said at the time that he would communicate with Mueller to bring the probe to an end.

Cobb had advocated for cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller who is probing the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election.

White House lawyer Ty Cobb is leaving his position, the administration said Wednesday, the latest official change to President Donald Trump's legal team as it adopts a more adversarial posture toward the special counsel's investigation.

Dowd told the AP that, in a compromise move, Mueller provided Trump's legal team with a list of questions and subjects the special counsel was likely to ask Trump in an interview.

Giuliani conveyed his concern Mueller's team seems to be leaning toward believing Comey and not Trump.

"A Rigged System - They don't want to turn over Documents to Congress", Trump tweeted.

He speculated that an interview could take place in the "beginning of the summer, if that's the direction we're going to go".

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Marc Mukasey, a longtime ally of Giuliani's, also is in talks to possibly join Trump's legal team, according to sources familiar with the matter, though they cautioned that no final decision has been made.

Trump has been publically venting his frustration over the investigation into the alleged ties between his campaign and Russian Federation conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

In 1998, independent prosecutor Ken Starr served a subpoena on Clinton that ordered him to testify about his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. He's also pushed for a Trump interview with the special counsel's office.

Flood, a former law clerk to the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, has defended former Vice President Dick Cheney in a lawsuit brought by former Central Intelligence Agency official Valerie Plame and represented President George W. Bush in executive-privilege disputes with Congress - suggesting he is well-versed in the powers of the presidency and may invoke those authorities as the Mueller investigation moves forward.

"There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Obstruction of Justice (that is a setup & trap)", Trump tweeted Wednesday.

He quoted one of his former lawyers in a conversation with Mueller reported by The Washington Post.

Flood's selection came, in part, because the investigation had reached a pivotal moment, said one person familiar with his recruitment for the job. "Who do you want on your side if Mueller decides to subpoena the president?" The president's legal team knows that would extend the investigation for months and make the president look afraid.

Trump's legal team has been deeply divided on strategy since previous year, especially on the issue of whether Trump should accept to be interviewed by Mueller, or claim his executive privilege to refuse. Trump attorney Jay Sekulow declined comment as well. "It'd be, max, two to three hours around a narrow set of questions". Giuliani said Trump repaid Cohen, which contradicted earlier reporting on the matter.