President Donald Trump has been in negotiations to add a veteran Washington, D.C., lawyer who worked on former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment defense to his legal team, according to The New York Times.
Trump met the attorney, Emmet T. Flood, in the Oval Office earlier this week. A decision on hiring Flood has yet to be made, according to The Times, which confirmed the meeting with four sources.
Two of The Times’ sources for the story said the discussions with Flood are not an indication that there are new concerns about special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Bringing on an additional lawyer suggests the probe is unlikely to end any time soon, the newspaper noted. (RELATED: Trump Will Agree To Interview With Mueller — On These Conditions)
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Flood, a partner at Williams & Connolly, would not replace White House special counsel Ty Cobb, who joined the White House as special counsel in July. Cobb has told friends that he expects to leave the White House relatively soon, according to The Times.
His main duties of providing documents to Mueller’s investigators and arranging interviews with White House witnesses have largely been completed.
In addition to serving on Clinton’s legal team, Flood served as special counsel to former President George W. Bush on executive privilege cases during his administration. He also represented former Vice President Dick Cheney in a civil suit brought by former CIA officer Valerie Plame.
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