Trump Lawyers Clash over Cooperating with Mueller’s Probe

The legal team of the U.S. President Trump Donald Trump is clashing over how much to cooperate with the special counsel who investigates Russian meddling in 2016 election, The New York Times reports.

A NY Times reporter overheard Trump’s lawyer, Ty Cobb, complaining about his spurs with White House counsel Donald McGahn and how to respond to Mueller’s requests in the investigation.

Cobb said at the restaurant that he believed one lawyer was a “McGahn spy” and that McGahn was hiding documents from him that he wanted to access. Cobb also blamed a colleague for “earlier leaks” that he said “tried to push” Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner out, according to The Times.

McGahn privately yelled at Cobb for publicly speaking about the private investigation after the Times contacted the White House, according to the Times. Chief of staff John Kelly also reportedly rebuked Cobb.

Cobb is allegedly pushing for the Trump administration to be open with Mueller in his investigation into Russian election interference, while McGahn is pushing for a more restrained approach that could let Trump later assert executive privilege.

McGahn hired a lawyer last week as part of Mueller’s investigation and is likely to be questioned about Trump’s decision to fire former FBI director James Comey and how White House advisers crafted a statement about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 election.

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