Trump is trying to find the 'magic bullet' with his legal team in the Russia investigation

  • President Donald Trump is looking to bolster the legal team representing him in the Russia investigation, which could see some of his current lawyers replaced with new ones.
  • That's according a New York Times report published Monday night that cited people close to the president who said lawyers Ty Cobb and John Dowd could be on Trump's cut list.
  • The development follows news that a new lawyer the president may add to his team had previously asserted that the FBI and Justice Department are trying to "frame" him in the Russia investigation, suggesting Trump is interested in attorneys who will echo his increasingly aggressive tone on the matter.


Fresh off a weekend of increasingly aggressive public tirades against the special counsel Robert Mueller and the Russia probe, President Donald Trump is reportedly looking to reshuffle his legal team in search of a "magic bullet" who will cater to his mercurial approach to the investigation.

According to a New York Times report published on Monday night, two of the lawyers representing Trump, John Dowd and Ty Cobb, are said to be on Trump's cut list, while a new attorney, Joseph diGenova, is joining the team.

Trump rejected assertions that he's looking for new attorneys, praising Cobb, Dowd, and his other lawyer, Jay Sekulow, in a tweet earlier this month.

Rumors of a shakeup on Trump's legal team are notable for several reasons:

11 PHOTOS
People reportedly interviewed in Robert Mueller's Russia probe
See Gallery
People reportedly interviewed in Robert Mueller's Russia probe

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions 

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Former FBI Director James Comey

(REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus

(REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer

(REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

White House Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks

(Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Trump advisor Stephen Miller

(REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

President Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner 

(bBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Don McGahn, general counsel for the Trump transition team

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Christopher Steele, the former MI6 agent who compiled the reported Trump dossier 

(Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)

Sam Clovis, a former member of the Trump campaign

(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

CIA Director Mike Pompeo
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Taken together, a shuffle on the legal team suggests Trump might be looking for new defenders who will echo his aggressive tone on Mueller and the Russia investigation at large like diGenova, who has accused federal law-enforcement officials of trying to "frame" Trump with a "false Russian conspiracy."

On the other end, Trump is said to be looking at a lawyer who has the expertise he might need if the Russia probe ends unfavorably for him. To that end, Trump recently interviewed Emmett Flood, an attorney who represented President Bill Clinton in his impeachment proceedings, The Times said.

Cobb and Dowd, the attorneys reportedly in Trump's crosshairs, have generally pushed the president to be compliant with the special counsel, while quietly worrying that, ultimately, they won't be able to control their client.

NOW WATCH: The story behind Russia's smear campaign against Syria's White Helmets

See Also:

SEE ALSO: Trump is reportedly set to hire a new lawyer who called Comey 'a dirty cop' and accused the FBI of trying to 'frame' Trump

DON'T MISS: We may now know why Trump and his lawyer made their most brazen calls yet for the Mueller investigation to be shut down

Read Full Story