Clinton impeachment lawyer to represent Trump
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Flood joined the team as Ty Cobb, who had urged the president to be more conciliatory with Mueller, stepped down from his role managing White House relations with the year-old investigation. Washington lawyer John Dowd, who left Trump's outside legal team over a month ago, said on Tuesday that in March, Mueller had threatened to subpoena Trump's testimony if he did not talk to investigators.
The changes come as the White House is under increasing pressure from the probe.
Dowd vehemently opposed Trump submitting to an interview, but the U.S. president at the time was reportedly inclined to talk to the special prosecutor, believing it would lead to a quicker end to the probe.
Citing national security concerns, Giuliani suggested that having Mueller interview Trump for his ongoing Russian Federation investigation before the summit could have a negative impact and derail the progress in North Korea relations.
In mid-March, Trump lashed out at the Times and reporter Maggie Haberman for reporting that this exact move was in the works. Dowd vehemently opposed it.
A partner in the investigations practice of Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C., he is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a former federal prosecutor, according to his White House bio.
Trump meanwhile has stepped up his counterattack. He met with Trump in March about assisting the administration with the Russian Federation probe, though the position was unclear, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters at the time. Mr. Flood's profile is well suited for such position. He represented Bill Clinton when he was impeached by the House of Representatives but avoided conviction in a Senate trial for lying in the so-called Monica Lewinsky scandal.
"What Emmet brings to the table here that no one has who's represented the president in this capacity has brought is that he knows what a functional defense of a president looks like-how things look when they are functioning properly", Shannen Coffin, a former counsel to Cheney told Politico. That lawsuit was ultimately dismissed.
Mr. Cobb's exit would be the latest in a string of top White House departures, including from the president's legal team as Trump wants his lawyers to adopt an aggressive stance to counter the ongoing special counsel investigation.
"I'm deeply grateful to the president and the chief of staff for this opportunity to serve my country", Cobb told The Associated Press on Wednesday night. "It would be, max, two to three hours around a narrow set of questions", Giuliani said.