Both Cobb and John Dowd, who quit the president's legal team in March, were reportedly displeased that Trump was not following their advice in the case, especially with his repeated attacks on Mueller.
The combative tenor was apparent even in the official statement Wednesday from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirming that Flood would replace Cobb, which referred to Mueller's investigation as "the Russian Federation witch hunt". "But I got to prepare for that 50 percent".
"I've done what I come to do in terms of managing the White House response to the special counsel request", Cobb told CNN. Now, the White House is anticipating a possible legal showdown over a presidential interview.
It was not immediately clear in what context the possibility of a subpoena was raised or how serious Mueller's prosecutors were about such a move. You want to have your wartime consigliere.
Democratic majorities in either the House or Senate would give the president's political opponents subpoena power to investigate the administration.
Besides Giuliani, former federal prosecutors Martin Raskin and Jane Serene Raskin also just joined Trump's outside legal team, which has recently been led by lawyer Jay Sekulow.
"He feels his guys are being outmaneuvered", this adviser said.