Two of Donald Trump’s lawyers are in trouble after a New York Times reporter overhead them loudly discussing the Russia investigation over lunch at a Steakhouse in Washington, D.C.
The Reporter, Kenneth Vogel, tweeted a photo of the two together on Sunday afternoon:
The two lawyers were Ty Cobb and John Dowd. Dowd represents Trump privately and does not work in the White House; Cobb is a member of the Trump administration’s legal team who was brought on to handle the White House’s response to the investigation. Cobb was reportedly complaining about the approach of another lawyer on the administration’s team, White House Counsel Donald McGahn.
The New York Times report suggests that McGahn and Cobb disagree when it comes to how the legal team should be handling Mueller’s investigation. McGahn argues for a more conservative approach that Cobb vehemently disagrees with. Cobb has argued that the White House should be as open as they possibly can so that Mueller has no reason to believe that the administration is hiding anything. He apparently said over lunch that McGahn had “a couple documents locked in a safe”. Cobb also accused another lawyer who was not named of being a “McGahn spy” and suggested that another colleague had leaked information earlier in the year and had attempted to push Jared Kushner out of his senior advisor role.
Mueller is investigating ties between the Trump administration and Russia, as well as whether Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey constituted obstruction of justice.
Cobb released a statement in which he praised McGahn after the White House was contacted by the New York Times. It seems as though the Trump administration is scrambling to hold itself together as the investigation moves forward.