Trump Doesn't Deny He's Recruiting an Impeachment Lawyer

Trump Doesn't Deny He's Recruiting an Impeachment Lawyer

Trump Doesn't Deny He's Recruiting an Impeachment Lawyer

Sources were described as "four people familiar with the matter", who said Flood met with the president this past week in the Oval office.

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 Russian Federation investigation.

White House lawyer Ty Cobb since the summer has taken the lead role in the dealing with the special counsel, the Times reported.

In one case, Trump asked White House counsel Don McGahn to deny reporting that the president wanted him to fire Mueller past year, and on another occasion, Trump reportedly asked his former chief of staff Reince Priebus if his interviewers were "nice".

NY lawyer Marc Kasowitz was leading Trump's legal team at the time, a role veteran Washington lawyer John Dowd took over last summer.

Flood now works with law firm Williams & Connolly, and represented Bill Clinton during the Democrat's impeachment proceedings in 1998 amid the Monica Lewinsky scandal. He previously served in the White House Counsel's office under President George W. Bush and represented Vice President Dick Cheney in a civil suit brought by former Central Intelligence Agency employee Valerie Plame.

Trump's personal lawyers have been handling negotiations with Mueller's team over the terms of a possible interview with the President. Cobb has also reportedly told friends he does not expect to remain in his job much longer, and some advisers have suggested Trump invite his longtime NY lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz, to take the lead again. Now an attorney at the law firm Williams & Connolly, it was last Summer when he reportedly turned down a chance to work for the president.

Flood is reportedly the only person the White House has been in contact with about the leading role.

It was not clear how seriously Flood is considering joining Trump's legal team.

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

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. "The writer of the story, Maggie Haberman, a Hillary flunky, knows nothing about me and is not given access".

Cobb is apparently nearing the end of fulfilling his main responsibilities - turning over documents and coordinating interviews between White House aides and prosecutors.

Read the full report at The New York Times.

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