President Trump said Thursday that he has “full confidence” in Ty Cobb, the White House special counsel who has recently come under scrutiny for his cooperative approach to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
“I have agreed with the historically cooperative, disciplined approach that we have engaged in with Robert Mueller (Unlike the Clintons!). I have full confidence in Ty Cobb, my Special Counsel, and have been fully advised throughout each phase of this process,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
The tweet appears to be a response to a Washington Post report that former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has been pushing West Wing aides to remove Cobb.
Cobb was hired last July to serve as White House special counsel. In that role, he has negotiated with Mueller’s team over document productions and interviews with White House officials. Jay Sekulow serves as Trump’s personal attorney for the investigation. Veteran defense attorney John Dowd resigned as Trump’s lead lawyer in March.
“Ty Cobb should be fired immediately,” Bannon told The Post for a report published Wednesday.
The former Breitbart News chairman believes that Cobb’s strategy of cooperating with Mueller has been a disservice to Trump.
Cobb has maintained a positive outlook, at least in public, about the direction of the investigation.
He predicted in 2017 that the probe would be over by the end of the year. In January, he said in an interview that it would be over within four to six weeks.
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