Trump reaches out to Clinton impeachment lawyer

Elias Hubbard
March 11, 2018

No agreement has been reached but the overtures to Flood indicate that Trump feels the need to beef up his legal team amid the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump, in two posts on Twitter, was responding to a report Saturday by The New York Times he was considering adding Emmet T. Flood to the White House legal team to handle special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of allegations his campaign colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 election and possible ensuing obstruction of justice. Flood was one of a half-dozen top litigators Trump reportedly tried to hire to replace Kasowitz a year ago, but they all turned down the job.

The outreach to Flood is a sign that the White House has recognized the investigation is likely going to continue for some time. Cobb has told friends that he expects to leave the White House relatively soon, according to The Times.

The news of Flood's possible role was first reported on Saturday by The New York Times. I am VERY happy with my lawyers, John Dowd, Ty Cobb and Jay Sekulow.

Cobb is responsible for handling the White House's response to Mueller's requests, which includes producing documents and arranging interviews.

Emmet Flood represented President Bill Clinton during the impeachment process and discussed a day-to-day role helping Trump navigate his investigations.

Flood has reportedly turned down a previous offer to join the president's legal team - but has always been on a list of lawyers the White House wants to recruit.

Maggie Haberman, the New York Times White House correspondent who co-wrote the story with Michael Schmidt, immediately responded.

Flood also represented Vice President Dick Cheney in the civil lawsuit brought by former Central Intelligence Agency agent Valerie Plame and spent two years in the White House Counsel's office during the George W. Bush administration.

Flood had been one of more than a half-dozen top lawyers to decline representing Trump, the report said.

But there have been significant changes to Trump's legal advice since then. He had been on the legal team "wish list" of some presidential adviser since a year ago, the Times reported.

Flood was interviewed over the summer about joining the White House Counsel's Office to manage the special counsel probe.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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