Fox News' Napolitano: Trump is finally realizing how serious Mueller probe is

Fox News's Judge Andrew NapolitanoAndrew Peter NapolitanoFox News legal analyst says quid pro quo is 'clearly impeachable': Trump requested 'criminal' act Napolitano: Trump's 'dog whistles of lawless behavior' call into question his fitness for office After Obama-era abuses, Republican hysteria over impeachment process is absurd MORE said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE hiring former former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment lawyer shows that he’s realizing how serious special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerHouse impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' MORE’s probe is.

“This also tells me that the president finally recognizes how serious the Mueller probe is,” Napolitano said on Fox News's “Outnumbered.” “He finally is moving in the direction of Rudy Giuliani to head the outside team, Emmet Flood to head the inside team.”

The senior legal analyst praised both recent additions as “top-shelf, very gifted” lawyers but noted that it is “very late in the game for a change of this magnitude.”


“There is no one on the president’s team that’s been there since day one. And with the departure of Ty Cobb, there will be no one on the president’s team who’s personally familiar with the hundreds of thousand of pages of documents that the president has surrendered to special counsel,” Napolitano said.

Cobb, Trump’s point person in the White House for the Mueller probe, announced earlier Wednesday that he was leaving the president’s legal team. Flood, who represented Clinton during his impeachment proceedings, will replace him.

The switch-up on the legal team marks the latest shift among Trump's attorneys in recent weeks.

Giuliani, a former mayor of New York City and U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, joined the team last month and has been negotiating with Mueller about a potential interview with Trump. John Dowd also resigned as Trump's attorney in March.

The New York Times reported Monday on a list of possible questions that Mueller was planning to ask the president during a possible interview, but a Washington Post report Tuesday stated that the questions were created by Trump's lawyer Jay SekulowJay Alan SekulowWhite House tweet questions Vindman's judgment Supreme Court temporarily blocks House subpoena of Trump financial records Trump asks Supreme Court to block House Democrats' subpoena for financial records MORE.

The Post also reported that Mueller had suggested subpoenaing Trump to appear before a grand jury if he declined to interview in the probe.