Published: Thu, May 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Trump to hire Clinton's impeachment lawyer Flood

Trump to hire Clinton's impeachment lawyer Flood

Norm Eisen, White House Special Counsel for Ethics and Government Reform under former President Barack Obama, views the expected addition of Flood as a sign the Trump-Mueller battle is about to heat up.

To underscore the point, the official White House statement said Flood would represent the president in "the Russian Federation witch hunt".

The probe has continued on, and although Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recently told Trump he is not now a target of the investigation, a list of questions Mueller reportedly wants to ask the president- which was leaked to the Times on Monday - suggests Trump could be in legal and political jeopardy.

The New York Times first reported Trump's plans to replace Cobb, who is leaving at the end of the month, with Flood to handle special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

Now enter Emmet Flood, the former impeachment attorney for President Bill Clinton. "Ty Cobb is the only Trump lawyer who hasn't had his reputation totally ruined by association with Trump". He said he planned to stay at the White House, likely through the end of the month, to help Mr. Flood transition into the new job. Experts have suggested that Trump's legal team may have been behind that leak.

Their hiring came as several attorneys were said to decline joining Trump's legal team. "2 sources tell me Flood is Don McGahn's hand-picked successor as WH counsel".

Also Wednesday, Trump echoed the concerns of a small group of House conservatives who have been criticizing the Justice Department for not turning over certain investigation documents.

Cobb counseled cooperation with Mueller and arranged document transfers and interviews with top White House officials that were completed by January.

"The President wants to get this behind him, so he can keep the country safe", Cobb said referring to the investigation. "It would be, max, two to three hours around a narrow set of questions", Giuliani said.

If Trump refuses to talk to Mueller face to face, the prosecutor could subpoena the president to testify before a grand jury, which could lead to a legal confrontation that the U.S. Supreme Court might have to decide.

In a phone interview, Mr. Cobb said he informed the president weeks ago that he wanted to retire. Dowd was Trump's lead attorney on his legal team, and voiced strong opposition to Trump doing an interview with Mueller. But after the raid on Cohen's office, Trump's enthusiasm in directly talking to Mueller waned.

But at least he'll be able to get a clearance, which ... is yet another problem for Trump's legal team in dealing with Mueller. But some of the President's legal advisers are gambling that Mueller would not go that far.

On Wednesday, Giuliani reportedly outlined conditions of a possible interview between President Trump and Mueller.

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