Clinton impeachment lawyer to represent Trump
- Author: Eleanor Harrison May 05, 2018,
May 05, 2018, 1:21
The president spoke to reporters on the south garden of the White Home and on the tarmac of Joint Base Andrews earlier than heading to ship remarks on the Nationwide Rifle Affiliation conference in Dallas, Texas.
The recruitment of Emmet Flood, who represented president Bill Clinton when he was impeached by the House of Representatives and tried by the Senate in 1998-99, signaled that the White House is going on the offensive as it girds for a tough battle over presidential powers and possibly obstruction allegations with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who leads the Russian Federation probe.
The law firm of Williams & Connolly confirmed that Flood was leaving to join the White House staff.
Earlier this week, Trump condemned the leak of a list of questions Mueller had recently handed the US leader's legal team, slamming the disclosure as "disgraceful".
And of all the important principles the decision stands for - beyond precipitating the fall of a sitting president - one that rises to the top is the American public's interest in the fair and impartial administration of justice.
At least in March, Trump was reportedly inclined to an interview, believing it would lead to a quicker end to the probe.
Asked what questions might be appropriate, the lawyer Rudy Giuliani, a former NY mayor, suggested two to Reuters: "Was there some agreement with the Russians?" Trump initially said he was eager for an interview, but he hasn't said so recently. "There was nothing, no obstruction", the president added, noting that whenever he fights back against allegations that he worked with Russian Federation during the 2016 election he gets accused of obstruction of justice.
Trump at this time once more accused Mueller of getting partisan investigators. Trump continues to adamantly deny that any obstruction has taken place and has suggested that questions about it would amount to "a setup" and "trap".
It was unclear what Trump meant by "get involved".
Several Republican lawmakers have criticized the Department of Justice, especially Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has refused to turn over documents to Congress that allegedly show anti-Trump bias among some senior government officials, Efe reported.
But Cobb's exit capped a 48-hour period during which Trump dramatically ratcheted up his criticism of the Mueller probe and the Justice Department as running a "rigged system".
But some lawmakers who sit on those committees remain unsatisfied, particularly members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.