Various White House aides have expressed concern regarding special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, despite reassurances from White House lawyer Ty Cobb, according to The Washington Post.
The Post reported that some White House aides have taken comfort in Cobb’s reassurances that the probe will wrap up soon, and that Mueller has so far treated those he has interviewed “fairly.”
However, others view the reassurances as “naive,” according to the newspaper.
While Trump reportedly likes Cobb’s reassurances, others close to him have expressed concerns about the lawyer, the Post reported.
Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon has pressed Trump to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney instead, arguing that Cobb and his team don’t compare to Mueller’s seasoned team of lawyers, according to the Post.
The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.
A source close to the White House told the Post that staffers nervously joke with each other, saying, “Good morning. Are you wired?”
Various figures in the administration, including Vice President Pence, have hired lawyers amid the probe.
The report comes after Mueller’s investigation has intensified in recent weeks.
Mueller announced recently that Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Richard Gates have been charged with money laundering and conspiracy against the U.S., among other things, while former foreign policy adviser to the campaign George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to misleading the FBI about his past contacts with Russian government officials.
The White House has said the charges against Manafort are not related to them, and that Papadopoulos was a low-level figure in the campaign.
Mueller’s team has already interviewed former chief of staff Reince Priebus and former press secretary Sean Spicer.
The team is preparing to interview White House communications director Hope Hicks in the coming days.