Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

President Trump eyes Clinton impeachment lawyer for Russian Federation probe

President Trump eyes Clinton impeachment lawyer for Russian Federation probe

"The Failing New York Times purposely wrote a false story stating that I am unhappy with my legal team on the Russian Federation case and am going to add another lawyer to help out".

The New York Times story published Saturday reported Trump was in discussions with Emmet T. Flood, a veteran Washington attorney who represented Bill Clinton during the impeachment process.

Trump's personal lawyers, John Dowd and Jay Sekulow, have been negotiating with Mueller over the terms of a presidential interview, the newspaper reported.

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. Flood reportedly spoke with Trump about potential White House positions, as well as the possibility of being associate attorney general, Washington Post reporter Robert Costa tweeted Sunday.

Flood advised Bill Clinton in the late 1990s in impeachment proceedings brought by the U.S. House of Representatives and tried before the U.S. Senate, where he was acquitted. In August, soon after he took the job, Cobb told Reuters he would be more than embarrassed if the probe were still haunting the White House in 2018.

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It's unclear if Flood expressed interest in joining the White House after last week's reported meeting.

Cobb and Flood each declined to comment when reached Saturday.

As recently as the summer, Mr. Flood, who now works at the law firm Williams & Connolly, turned down an opportunity to represent Mr. Trump.

In response to the report, Trump tweeted Sunday that he wasn't adding another lawyer to "help out" and accused the Times of intentionally writing a "false story".

Amy Lieu is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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Though a Republican, Flood worked for President Bill Clinton during his 1998 impeachment proceedings.

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

In a series of Sunday morning tweets, Trump also said his lawyers "have shown conclusively that there was no Collusion with Russian Federation. just excuse for losing" by Democrats.

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

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