White House looking to expand legal team amid Russian Federation inquiry


Two people close to the president said the overture to Flood did not indicate any new concerns about the inquiry.

Here's an interesting tidbit: President Donald Trump is trying to hire a lawyer who represented Bill Clinton during impeachment, according to The New York Times.

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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 a year ago.

White House officials did not immediately answer a request for comment when the Times reached out.

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The apparent signal that Trump is preparing for the investigation to continue through the immediate future comes as Mueller's investigation has produced multiple indictments and as the President has seen the departure of key White House personnel. 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.

The White House is negotiating with Mueller over a possible interview with the president. He also defended Vice President Dick Cheney in a lawsuit by former Central Intelligence Agency agent Valerie Plame.

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.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted that it was "wrong" to say he was unhappy with the legal team handling the Russian Federation matter and considering adding another lawyer. 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. He was one of more than half a dozen top lawyers to decline to assist Trump.

If Flood joins the Trump team, then he would be changing his mind about representing Trump.