Retiring White House Counsel Ty Cobb (CNN video)

Ty Cobb joined the White House legal team under President Donald Trump on July 31, 2017. Now he’s announced his retirement.

Cobb's primary responsibility was to deal with the Office of Special Counsel regarding the Russia investigation. His replacement, Emmet Flood, represented President Bill Clinton during his impeachment.

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A bombshell New York Times report reveals that President Donald Trump's lawyer, John Dowd, floated the idea of Trump pardoning two of his former top advisers, Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort, of charges related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The information comes from several people with knowledge of these discussions who spoke to Times reporters.

Two people familiar with how the legal team operated said Dowd "took the lead" in dealing directly with attorneys for both Flynn and Manafort.

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John Dowd, President Donald Trump’s lead lawyer for the special counsel investigation, resigned earlier today. According to The New York Times, which spoke with an individual briefed on the matter, Dowd had concluded that the president was ignoring his advice.

Dowd, who considered leaving his post several times since taking over as head of the president's legal team last summer, kept his statement to the press short and crisp.

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Representative Trey Gowdy appears on Fox News. (Screenshot via Twitter)

Representative Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), during an appearance on "Fox News Sunday," had some strong advice for John Dowd, an attorney of President Donald Trump's who has called for an end to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference.

"If you have an innocent client, Mr. Dowd, act like it," Gowdy said. "The President's attorney frankly does him a disservice when he says that."

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US President Donald Trump waves from Air Force One prior to departure from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, December 4, 2017. (Photo credit SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump's outside lawyer, John Dowd, is preparing a new legal defense theory in regard to the Russian investigation: A president cannot be found guilty of obstruction of justice because the Constitution says so. Dowd cites Article II:

"[The] President cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under [the Constitution's Article II] and has every right to express his view of any case," Dowd told Axios.

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