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Trump lawyer: ‘We’ve got a good relationship’ with Mueller’s Russia probe

Trump lawyer: ‘We’ve got a good relationship’ with Mueller’s Russia probe
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White House lawyer Ty Cobb said the administration has a "good relationship" with special counsel Robert Mueller.

“We’ve got a good relationship in terms of trust," Cobb told Politico.

“They know the effort we’ve put into it."

Sources familiar with the president's legal strategy told Politico that Cobb has encouraged Trump to tone down his rhetoric on the Russia probe.

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A former deputy on Kenneth Starr’s independent counsel investigation into former President Clinton said Cobb has had “a very salutary effect” on Trump.

“It’s one thing to have an adviser to tell you, ‘Boy, if you say this it’s not good politics, it’s not good for us,’ ” Solomon Wisenberg said.

“It’s another thing to have your white-collar lawyer say, ‘This is extremely harmful to you legally to say this.’ ”

There are currently multiple investigations into the Russian election meddling. Investigators have heard testimonies from a number of Trump associates.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to oust Nielsen as early as this week: report California wildfire becomes deadliest in state’s history Sinema’s Senate win cheered by LGBTQ groups MORE has in the past referred to the Russia probe as a "witch hunt" and has dismissed it as an excuse by Democrats for losing the election.

Last weekend, Trump pledged to spend at least $430,000 of his own money to help cover legal fees for White House aides and campaign staff related to the investigations.

A White House official told Axios and The Washington Post on Saturday that Trump's pledge is not meant as a reimbursement to the Republican National Committee, which has spent nearly the same amount on lawyers representing the president and his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.

The official told Axios that the money would be used to "to defray the costs of legal fees for his associates, including former and current White House aides."