Trump reaches out to Clinton impeachment lawyer

President Donald Trump reportedly met last week with Emmet Flood a lawyer who represented President Bill Clinton during his impeachment proceedings

President Donald Trump reportedly met last week with Emmet Flood a lawyer who represented President Bill Clinton during his impeachment proceedings

The Times, citing four people familiar with the matter, said Trump met with lawyer Emmet T. Flood in the Oval Office about joining the team as Trump and his allies continue to deal with the special counsel investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

President Donald Trump insisted he was "VERY happy" with the legal team defending him against an investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 election as he pushed back against a media report that he interviewed a new attorney to be part of his team.

Emmet Flood represented President Bill Clinton during the impeachment process and discussed a day-to-day role helping Trump navigate his investigations. Trump also claimed that his attorneys - Ty Cobb, John Dowd and Jay Sekulow - have "conclusively" shown that the Trump campaign did not collude with Moscow. Trump also met with Emmet Flood in the Oval last week for goal of potentially hiring him. His comments follow a report in The New York Times claiming that Trump is looking to shake up his legal team amid some frustration with their approach.

Haberman used the moment to further reinforce her story's legitimacy and to analyze what Trump's response meant for his legal team.


Haberman defended her reporting on Twitter, writing, "Several people close to Trump confirmed our story".

In other tweets Sunday, Trump said the media was ignoring Republican Congressional election victories and complained Democrats were blocking the confirmation of state department personnel, ambassadors and other government nominees. As recently as the summer, Flood, who works at the law firm Williams & Connolly, turned down an opportunity to represent Trump.

Trump's lawyers have at times urged the president to cooperate with the Mueller investigation, but have also pursued a number of dubious strategies in order to keep him from testifying before the special counsel. In addition, Trump's team has floated the possibility that they would agree to an interview only if Mueller agreed to conclude the probe within 60 days or limit his questioning to a narrow scope of inquiry.

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

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