Ty Cobb — Trump’s top lawyer in Mueller probe — just revealed he’s abandoning ship

02 MAY 2018 AT 12:36 ET

White House Lawyer Ty Cobb (image via screengrab).

White House attorney Ty Cobb, who had taken the lead in dealing with the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling, confirmed to the New York Times on Wednesday that he is retiring.

“It has been an honor to serve the country in this capacity at the White House,” he said. “I wish everybody well moving forward.”

President Donald Trump is reportedly planning to hire Emmet T. Flood to replace him. Flood represented Bill Clinton during his impeachment.

The New York Times noted that Cobb had urged the president to take a more cooperative approach with special counsel Robert Mueller.

“For several weeks Ty Cobb has been discussing his retirement and last week he let Chief of Staff Kelly know he would retire at the end of this month,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.