Seeking a legal eagle to protect him from the Russia probe, President Trump is in discussions with a veteran lawyer who represented Bill Clinton in his impeachment proceedings, a new report says.
Respected Washington attorney Emmet Flood met with Trump in the Oval Office earlier in the week, according to The New York Times.
No agreement has been reached but the overtures to Flood indicate that Trump feels the need to beef up his legal team amid the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The move comes as the probe into Russian election meddling in the 2016 presidential election appears to be gaining steam.
A cascade of revelations emerged in recent days, including that Mueller had secured evidence suggesting a Trump associate held a meeting in the Seychelles before the inauguration to set up a back channel with Russia.
Flood is no stranger to high-profile political cases.
In addition to defending Clinton at the most precarious moment of his political life, Flood has represented former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
If an agreement was reached, Flood would not replace the White House’s current lawyer Ty Cobb, according to The Times.
But Cobb — who has been the main point of contact between the White House and Mueller’s office — does not expect to remain on the job much longer, The Times reported.
Cobb is apparently nearing the end of fulfilling his main responsibilities — turning over documents and coordinating interviews between White House aides and prosecutors.
Trump’s personal lawyers have been handling negotiations with Mueller’s team over the terms of a possible interview with the President.
Neither the White House nor Flood returned a request for comment.
It was not clear how seriously Flood is considering joining Trump’s legal team.
He turned down such an opportunity as recently as last summer, The Times reported.