White House looking to expand legal team amid Russian Federation inquiry

Trump responded to the report on Twitter Sunday morning

Trump responded to the report on Twitter Sunday morning

Two of The Times' sources for the story said the discussions with Flood are not an indication that there are new concerns about special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Trump spoke of his party's tax reform bill ("bigger than [Ronald] Reagan"), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) ("very low-IQ individual"), NBC's Chuck Todd ("sleeping son of a bitch"), and Oprah, whom he said he would "love to beat" in the 2020 election, though it would be "a painful experience for her".

Flood has reportedly turned down a previous offer to join the president's legal team - but has always been on a list of lawyers the White House wants to recruit. Instead, he attacked Haberman, who has interviewed him multiple times, as "a Hillary flunky" who "knows nothing about me and is not given access". Nor did a contact for Clinton.

President Donald Trump is in discussions with President Bill Clinton's impeachment lawyer about joining the White House legal team, specifically to assist with the special counsel inquiry, according to reports.

White House lawyer Ty Cobb since the summer has taken the lead role in the dealing with the special counsel, the Times reported.

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 previous year.

Flood's corporate profile outlines his experience in several high-profile legal fights, including the Clinton impeachment process and former Vice President Dick Cheney in a civil suit from former Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame.

Cobb and Flood each declined to comment when reached Saturday.

Cobb also has clashed with the White House counsel, Donald McGahn, who believed Cobb was too willing to hand over documents to Mueller when the White House could have shielded them by citing executive or attorney-client privilege. Many experts said that timeline was unrealistic and stating it in public may have been a strategic move by Cobb.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment, and a spokesperson for the law firm could not be reached for comment.

Flood's law firm, Williams and Connolly, represents Hillary Clinton, including in the email scandal, one possible reason that sources told Reuters previous year the firm turned down representing Trump as outside counsel.

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