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White House’s lead Russia lawyer Ty Cobb to step down

White House lawyer Ty Cobb will leave his post in May. | Jerry Cleveland/The Denver Post via AP

Cobb has been an outspoken advocate on Trump’s legal team for cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

Ty Cobb, the lead White House lawyer handling the president’s response to the Russia investigation, is set to leave his post at the end of May, according to White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

“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,” Sanders said.

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Cobb has been an outspoken advocate on Trump’s legal team for cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. He’s been a steadying voice since his arrival last summer in urging the president against tweeting about the Russia investigation. He also helped coordinate the White House’s document production effort and lined up more than two dozen interviews between Mueller and current and former Trump White House aides.

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