Trump Looking To Add Clinton Impeachment Lawyer To Russia Probe Legal Team

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He was one of more than half a dozen top lawyers to decline to assist Trump. Doug Jones (D-AL), who beat Trump-endorsed Republican candidate Roy Moore in a December special election, and Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA), who in June won a run-off against another Democrat to replace California Attorney General Xavier Becerra in Congress.

Trump, apparently, has the same fear in mind.

Trump on Sunday called the story false, but The New York Times, which was the first to report it, said it was standing behind its account.

Flood now works with law firm Williams & Connolly, and represented Bill Clinton during the Democrat's impeachment proceedings in 1998 amid the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Two sources noted that the meeting does not signify any new developments in the investigation, per se, but rather underscores Trump's realization that it won't end anytime soon.

Trump met the attorney, Emmet T. Flood, in the Oval Office earlier this week.

The Times explained that Flood would not replace Ty Cobb, but that Cobb's primary role was document production, a task that is almost complete.

"In private conversations, Mr. Trump has seesawed between expressing confidence in Mr. Cobb's claim that the inquiry will wrap up in relatively short order and that he will be exonerated, and sounding frustrated with his team's legal strategy", the report claimed. 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.

Trump then turned his focus directly on Haberman, making good on the promise of the ellipsis that concluded his (at this point nine-minute-old) tweet. "Wrong. I am VERY happy with my lawyers, John Dowd, Ty Cobb and Jay Sekulow. They are doing a great job".

The move appears to be an acknowledgment that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation is "unlikely to end anytime soon", two sources close to the president told the Times. Instead, he attacked Haberman, who has interviewed him multiple times, as "a Hillary flunky" who "knows nothing about me and is not given access". Flood was one of a half-dozen top litigators Trump reportedly tried to hire to replace Kasowitz previous year, but they all turned down the job.

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