White House reshuffles legal team as investigation gathers momentum


US President Donald Trump has named attorney Ty Cobb as an in-house "special counsel" for the White House, a statement said Saturday.

Ty Cobb, whose legal expertise lies in white-collar crime and congressional investigations, will be "in charge of overseeing the White House legal and media response" to the investigations, according to Bloomberg News.

His hiring comes during a week in which scrutiny of the Trump family's possible involvement in the election interference was invigorated by revelations that the president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., agreed to a meeting in June 2016 with a Russian attorney he was told had incriminating information about Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

That's probably why the White House turned to Cobb.

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Trump's hiring of Cobb comes amid heightened questions about whether Trump's associates coordinated with Russian Federation to meddle in the presidential election to help him and thwart Hillary Clinton.

"The idea was to have someone who could deal directly with Mr. Trump on the matter and coordinate with his personal lawyer, which would allow Mr. McGahn and the rest of the staff to tend to the day-to-day work of keeping the White House functioning", the Times also reported. Trump has repeatedly denied that his team colluded with Russian Federation.

According to Reuters, the 66-year-old white collar defense attorney has represented a number of officials in the midst of government investigations, including two during the investigation into former President Bill Clinton's administration.

To be what he called "totally transparent", Trump Jr. made public a chain of emails with an intermediary about the meeting that took place on June 9, 2016 at Trump Tower in NY, but was accused of violating the Federal Election Campaign Act by conspiring to solicit a contribution from a foreign national during the campaign.