Trump shuffles legal team: Ty Cobb takes the lead from Marc Kasowitz

Posted on: July 21st, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

dibrova/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Donald Trump is shaking up his legal team — but the president’s personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, has not outright been removed from the team, two sources with direct knowledge of the situation told ABC News Thursday night.

Instead, Ty Cobb will take the lead of the external legal team, managing the response to the Russia probe, with Kasowitz remaining in a lesser role. The rest of the team remains.

As ABC News reported earlier Thursday, the team’s spokesman, Mark Corallo, resigned, according to sources.

Corallo — a former Justice Department spokesman — has been commenting on behalf of Kasowitz.

ABC News has contacted Corallo for comment, but he has yet to respond.

The reshuffling comes one day after The New York Times published its controversial interview with the president, in which he said that former FBI Director Robert Mueller — the special counsel heading up the Russia probe — would be crossing a line if he started investigating the Trump family’s personal finances, specifically those unrelated to Russia.

“I think that’s a violation,” Trump said. “This is about Russia!”

Trump did not explicitly say he would fire Mueller over the matter, telling the Times that he “can’t answer that question because I don’t think it’s going to happen.” But the president added that if Mueller did investigate, he would find that Trump’s finances are “extremely good.”

Trump also raised eyebrows by telling the Times that he would not have nominated Jeff Sessions to be attorney general if he had known that he was going to recuse himself on the Russia probe. The president said he instead ended up with a “second man, who’s a deputy,” referring to Rod Rosenstein.

Mueller was authorized in May to lead the probe into “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the [Trump campaign],” according to the order naming him as special counsel. He may also look into “any matters that … may arise directly from the investigation,” which could potentially include an inquiry into Trump’s finances.

He is further granted “additional jurisdiction beyond that specified in his … original jurisdiction,” “or to investigate new matters that come to light” if the attorney general — or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, in this case, given Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal — determines “whether to include the additional matters.”

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