Trump adds impeachment specialist to legal team for Mueller probe

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday that Emmet Flood, a lawyer who represented then-President Bill Clinton when he faced impeachment proceedings in the 1990s, "will be joining the White House staff to represent the President and the administration" in the Russian Federation investigation, which she referred to as a "witch hunt". She later confirmed reports that Emmet Flood, who represented Clinton in the late 1990s, is joining the White House staff.

"I can't possibly tell the President or Gen. [John] Kelly or Mike Pompeo or John Bolton, give me two days to prepare for a bull-- interview that should never be taking place anyway", Giuliani said, according to WSJ. "It's been a privilege, and I'm confident that the matter will be in good hands with Emmet Flood".

Last month, Donald Trump brought former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani onto his outside legal team, and said the former federal prosecutor wanted to resolve the matter quickly. Instead, he repeatedly declared the White House to be in "full cooperation mode".

Yet Flood, who was embroiled in the bitterly partisan Clinton impeachment fight 20 years ago, may well advocate a more confrontational approach.

Williams & Connolly didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. "I wish everybody well moving forward".

A source familiar with the developments told CNN that one reason Flood took the job was because he is likely to replace current White House counsel Donald McGahn in months.

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"You had the discovery phase, and now you're entering the litigation phase", said the person, who requested anonymity to discuss private conversations.

Cobb and McGahn hold different views on how co-operative the White House should be with the special counsel investigation.

Critical decisions lie ahead.

On Tuesday, President Trump tweeted that the leak of the questions was "disgraceful" and he again called the investigation a "witch hunt".

The president quoted Dowd in a tweet on Wednesday, after his former lawyer's exchange with Mueller came to light, adding: "With North Korea, China, the Middle East and so much more, there is not much time to be thinking about this, especially since there was no Russian "Collusion".

That camp appeared to be making its case this week by outlining, also via the Times, the breadth and detail that Mueller and his investigators would want to cover in a prospective interview with the president.

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The president has reportedly cooled on the idea of willingly meeting the special counsel - a result of his feeling that the Mueller team is out to get him.

Trump previously denied the reported shakeup was in consideration, tweeting "wrong" in March in response to a story from the Times that he was looking to add Flood to his team dealing with the Mueller probe. And on Wednesday, Trump issued a strong threat to "get involved" with the investigation.

"What are they afraid of?"

Trump's claim that he is in the clear since he had constitutional authority to fire Comey does not absolve him of obstruction of justice charges, either.

"Right now, the odds are he wouldn't be interviewed", he said.

But some lawmakers who sit on those committees remain unsatisfied, particularly members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

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He later waded into an escalating standoff between Justice Department officials and GOP lawmakers demanding the release of a sensitive document outlining the scope of Mueller's investigation.

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