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White House attorney Ty Cobb is exiting his post

Cobb told ABC having the president sit down for an interview with Mueller's team is "certainly not off the table".

However, if Trump voluntarily meets with Mueller (which he has said he would do on multiple occasions), his lawyers worry about the president giving false statements or going off script.

Earlier Wednesday, the White House said Ty Cobb, the point person in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, is retiring at the end of this month.

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".

In another yet another development on Wednesday, the New York Times reported that members of the Ukrainian government had frozen a Ukrainian investigation into former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort to avoid angering Trump before finalizing a deal to buy USA anti-tank missiles.

He later waded into an escalating standoff between Justice Department officials and Republican lawmakers demanding the release of a sensitive document outlining the scope of Mueller's investigation.

The White House says it believes Trump enjoys the privilege to fire Mueller, but that he has no intention of doing so.

Flood's law firm, Williams & Connolly, said on Wednesday that it was sad to see him go.

"Some people have talked about a possible 12-hour interview".

Joshua Stueve, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on the reports.

The new lawyer, Emmet Flood, will be replacing Ty Cobb.

"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.

Others, including one of Trump's newest lawyers, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, appear to want to keep the door open to an interview.

"It's the theory of law - that if someone pushes on you, you push back three or four times harder", the person said.