There is not complete unity among President Trump’s legal team regarding just how much they should cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller, according to the New York Times on Sunday. A reporter from the Times overhead Ty Cobb, the president’s lawyer, complaining at a Washington steakhouse about his quarrels with White House Counsel Donald McGahn about how they should react to Mueller’s investigation.
Cobb even said at the restaurant he thought a member of the legal team was a “McGahn spy” and that the White House Counsel was keeping documents from him. Cobb also blamed a team member for “earlier leaks” that he said “tried to push” Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, and senior advisor, out, the Times reported.
McGahn privately shouted at Cobb for publicly speaking about the private investigation. Cobb was also reportedly criticized by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
Cobb apparently is pushing for complete openness by the Trump administration with Mueller, while McGahn is pushing for a more restrained cooperation. He wants to leave the door open for Trump to eventually use executive privilege.
McGahn hired his own legal counsel last week as a part of Robert Mueller’s investigation, and he will most likely be questioned about the president’s decision to fire former director of the FBI, James Comey. He will also face questions about the meeting Donald Trump Jr. had with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 election.
Do you believe that the president’s legal team will come to a unified front, or do you believe more people will be fired?