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

Fox News's Judge Andrew NapolitanoAndrew Peter NapolitanoFox News legal analyst calls Trump's attacks on minority Democrats 'racist' Fox's Napolitano predicts Acosta will be out as Labor secretary by end of week Fox's Napolitano warns Trump: 'A felony' to accept foreign help for reelection MORE said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' MORE hiring former former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment lawyer shows that he’s realizing how serious special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThis week: Mueller dominates chaotic week on Capitol Hill Top Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction 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 SekulowCourt filings show Trump, Cohen contacts amid hush money payments NY governor signs bill allowing Congress to obtain Trump's state tax returns Political victory for Democrats in Trump tax return lawsuit hinges on timing 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.