Ty Cobb, the top White House lawyer representing President Donald Trump, declared that he will be resigning. Cobb has had dissenting opinions with Trump in the past, particularly regarding the Robert Mueller investigation in which he urged Trump not to fire Mueller. Cobb has also spoken about his distaste for the president’s constant tweets regarding both the Mueller investigation and the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The resignation, however, is not very surprising. Cobb previously stated that he would resign if Trump were to fire Mueller, which he did. Constantly having to defend and make sure Trump does not incriminate himself can be a daunting task, considering how difficult of a client he is.
With the midterm elections approaching, there is a high probability that Congress will turn blue and that the Republican Party will lose its majority within the U.S. government. With no congressional support, Trump faces the chance of being impeached — something supported by many everyday Americans to some government officials.
One issue that many people seem to forget is that a president cannot simply be impeached because people disagree with what they do or how they act. Section Four, Article Two of the U.S. Constitution states that, “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” As of present time, Trump has not been found guilty of treason or any other high crimes.
However, with the many ongoing investigations about Trump, it is no surprise that the president is taking more safety precautions with the appointment of Emmet Flood as replacement for Cobb. Flood was the lawyer for former President Bill Clinton during his impeachment. Trump is playing it safe, and if it were to come that he would be impeached, he wants someone that has been through the process before and came out successful.
Being the lawyer for one of the most controversial men in the world is no easy task, and the fact that Flood is willing to take on that role shows that he is ready for what is to come. Flood is no stranger to a president with a bad public reputation, but that will not stop him from doing his job and defending his client.
Although Trump has not done anything to warrant impeachment as of yet, there is always a possibility that he might have to undergo the process and lawyering up before it comes down to it is always a good call.