White House looking to expand legal team amid Russian Federation inquiry


Trump apparently was referring to the five special congressional races Republicans won in 2017 to keep House seats - in Georgia, Kansas, Montana, South Carolina and Utah. Last summer, Trump's attorneys reassured him that Mueller's probe would wrap up by Thanksgiving-a timeline they soon extended to Christmas, and then into early 2018.

The lawyer, Emmet T. Flood, met with Mr. Trump in the Oval Office this past week to discuss the possibility, according to the people. According to the sources who spoke to the Times, he would help Trump with the Justice Department's requests relating to the Russian Federation investigation.

Mr. Flood had been on the wish list of some of the president's advisers to join his legal team previous year, and he is the only person the White House has been in contact with about such a role.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Sunday morning to attack the New York Times for reporting he is seeking the services of a Clinton impeachment attorney to help defend him against special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into his administration.

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. Wrong. I am VERY happy with my lawyers, John Dowd, Ty Cobb and Jay Sekulow.

".have shown conclusively that there was no Collusion with Russia.just excuse for losing". Marc Kasowitz, a NY litigator with a combative reputation who had represented Trump in business disputes, was replaced as head of Trump's personal legal team by John M. Dowd, who had deeper Washington experience.

President Donald Trump is reportedly in talks with a veteran lawyer who represented Bill Clinton in his impeachment proceedings.

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

Trump called Haberman - the newspaper's top White House correspondent and who has covered Trump since his time in NY - a "Hillary flunky, (who) knows nothing about me and is not given access". But Trump also appears eager to shake up his legal team, alternating between praising Cobb's cooperative strategy and agitating for a more confrontational approach.