Veteran attorney Emmet Flood, who represented Bill Clinton during his impeachment battle, will replace Trump’s current White House lawyer, Ty Cobb, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
“It has been an honor to serve the country in this capacity at the White House,” Cobb said in a statement to The Times. “I wish everybody well moving forward.”
Cobb, who had taken the lead in dealing with the special counsel investigation, said he informed President Trump weeks ago that he was seeking to retire.
According to the Times:
Mr. Flood is expected to take a more adversarial approach to the investigation than Mr. Cobb, who had pushed Mr. Trump to strike a cooperative tone. Mr. Flood initially spoke with the White House last summer about working for the president, but the talks ultimately fell apart because Mr. Flood did not want to deal with Mr. Trump’s longtime New York lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz, who was overseeing the president’s dealings with the special counsel at the time.
John Dowd had resigned from his position on Trump’s legal team in March, and multiple other high-profile lawyers have turned down the offer to join Trump’s team in recent weeks.