President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE has openly discussed firing his lawyer Ty Cobb, according to a report in The New York Times.
The Times reported that Trump has talked with close associates about the possibility of dismissing Cobb.
But Trump has told Cobb he does not plan to let him go, the newspaper added. The reassurance was reportedly part of an attempt to push back against the idea that Trump's team is in disarray following questions from the Times.
Trump's lead lawyer, John Dowd, has also reportedly considered resigning from his job due to a lack of control over the president.
Dowd denied the report, telling the Times in an interview Monday he does not plan to leave his post.
“I’m sitting here working on the president’s case right now,” he said in a telephone interview on Monday night.
It was announced Monday that Trump is adding prominent white-collar attorney Joseph diGenova to his personal legal team, the latest sign of an increasingly aggressive stance toward special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE.
The White House insists there are no plans to fire Mueller. But Trump’s own tweets and his decision to hire diGenova — a former U.S. attorney who has attacked the FBI and Department of Justice in conservative media outlets — are the latest signs that the president is moving to discredit Mueller’s probe into Russian election meddling and possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Moscow.