President Donald Trump has been in negotiations to add a veteran Washington, D.C., lawyer who worked on former President Bill Clinton's impeachment defense to his legal team, according to The New York Times.
But there have been signs in recent months that Trump may be looking to shake up his legal team and change his approach to Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. He had been on the legal team "wish list" of some presidential adviser since previous year, the Times reported.
If an agreement was reached, the White House's current lawyer Ty Cobb (pictured) would not be replaced, The New York Times reports.
President Donald Trump is reportedly in talks with a veteran lawyer who represented Bill Clinton in his impeachment proceedings.
On Sunday morning, Trump responded to the report, which described signs the President might be considering a possible shakeup on his legal team, by saying he is not unhappy with the team and taking a dig at Times reporter Maggie Haberman, who has interviewed Trump several times, including a lengthy discussion in the Oval Office past year. "The writer of the story, Maggie Haberman, a Hillary flunky, knows nothing about me and is not given access".
Cobb is responsible for handling the White House's response to Mueller's requests, which includes producing documents and arranging interviews. 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. It is unclear how Flood's responsibilities might differ from Cobb's.
White House officials expressed concern on Saturday about news that "an impeachment lawyer" might join the team, a third source told Reuters.
Cobb has been cooperating with Mueller in an effort for the White House to put the probe behind it.
Flood also spent two years in the White House Counsel's office, where he handled executive-privilege related disputes for President George W. Bush's administration to congressional investigations and other inquiries. 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. 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.