8 Things to Know About Emmett Flood, Trump’s New Russia Probe Lawyer
May 2018 is looking like just another chaotic month in the White House so far. Although Donald Trump has had some issues with hiring — and retaining — lawyers, he now has a new one in the White House to defend him in the Russia probe. Click through to find out everything you need to know about the president’s new lawyer now.
1. Trump’s new lawyer
Emmet Flood, 61, has joined Donald Trump’s in-house legal team, according to Fox News. “Emmet Flood will be joining the White House Staff to represent the President and the administration against the Russia witch hunt. Ty Cobb, a friend of the President, who has done a terrific job, will be retiring at the end of the month,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. “For several weeks Ty Cobb has been discussing his retirement and last week he let Chief of Staff Kelly know he would retire at the end of this month.”
Next: The backstory
2. Flood’s history
According to Fox News, Emmet Flood clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, then joined the Washington firm Williams & Connolly in 1994. Flood earned his J.D. at Yale School, but not before he graduated from the University of Dallas and got his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin.
Next: Flood’s claim to fame
3. Flood’s most famous case
Flood previously turned down the chance to work for Donald Trump, according to Fox News. There’s no telling what enticed him to take the job this time. Flood gained fame when he defended former President Bill Clinton during his impeachment trial in 1999 — Clinton was acquitted on both articles of impeachment.
Next: Flood’s experience
4. Flood also had other important jobs
According to Fox News, Flood worked in the White House Counsel’s office for two years under former President George W. Bush. His role there included handling myriad congressional investigations and inquiries, and he also represented Bush after his term was over; Flood defended him regarding executive privilege-related issues pertaining to the Obama administration and the House Judiciary Committee. In addition, the attorney represented former Vice President Dick Cheney when former CIA operative Valerie Plame sued him.
Next: Flood’s other clients
5. Flood has an A-list of clients
Flood served as counselor to former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell when was under a federal investigation for gifts he and his family received in office, according to Fox News. And according to The Washington Post, Flood also was Cameron International Corporation’s attorney in 2010. The company, which provides “flow equipment services” to various oil and gas industries, was responsible for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Next: Trump pursued Flood.
6. Flood was on Trump’s wish list
According to Fox News, the Trump administration actively pursued Emmet Flood to defend the president during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into his campaign and the possibility that Russia had something to do with him winning the 2016 election. Flood met in early 2018 with Trump in the Oval Office and the two discussed a role in which Flood would assist Trump with the Justice Department.
Next: Trump denied pursuing Flood.
7. Trump never admitted a shakeup was coming
Although Emmet Flood met with Trump in March 2018 and was rumored to be joining the White House legal staff, Trump denied any shakeup was coming, according to the news website heavy.
When the Times reported on the March meeting, Trump fired back with this tweet: “The Failing New York Times purposely wrote a false story stating that I am unhappy with my legal team on the Russia case and am going to add another lawyer to help out. Wrong. I am VERY happy with my lawyers, John Dowd, Ty Cobb and Jay Sekulow. They are doing a great job and……have shown conclusively that there was no Collusion with Russia..just excuse for losing. The only Collusion was that done by the DNC, the Democrats and Crooked Hillary. The writer of the story, Maggie Haberman, a Hillary flunky, knows nothing about me and is not given access.”
Next: Washington on Flood
8. Washington approves of Flood
A source told The Washington Post that the Trump administration hired Flood because the Russia investigation has reached a pivotal time and the White House team getting ready for a showdown with Mueller. “You had the discovery phase, and now you’re entering the litigation phase. Who do you want on your side if Mueller decides to subpoena the president? You want to have your wartime consigliere. Emmet is a quintessential wartime consigliere,” said the source.
Alan Dershowitz, the retired Harvard law professor who has defended the president on cable TV, told Politico that the White House adding Flood to its team shows that it is “preparing for battle,” and added that the move might mean that Trump’s legal team will increase its “posturing.” Former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara also approves of Flood in the White House. “Emmet Flood is top notch. He might feel out of place,” tweeted Bharara.
Check out The Cheat Sheet on Facebook!