White House looking to expand legal team amid Russian Federation inquiry

If Flood agreed, his duties would consist of "a day-to-day role helping the president navigate his dealings with the Justice Department".

Flood, who advised former President Bill Clinton in impeachment proceedings, met with Trump in the White House this past week, the person said, but no decision about the job has been made.

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.

Trump now has White House lawyer Ty Cobb in charge of the inquiry, after his longtime personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz stepped aside last summer. 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. Flood declined to comment.

NY lawyer Marc Kasowitz was leading Trump's legal team at the time, a role veteran Washington lawyer John Dowd took over last summer. "Wrong. I am VERY happy with my lawyers, John Dowd, Ty Cobb and Jay Sekulow".

Mr. Flood had been on the wish list of some of the president's advisers to join his legal team a year ago, and he is the only person the White House has been in contact with about such a role.

On Sunday, the president tweeted that his lawyers had shown there was no collusion with Russian Federation, and that the "only Collusion was that done by the DNC, the Democrats and Crooked Hillary", as he calls Hillary Clinton, his opponent in the 2016 presidential race.

White House officials did not immediately answer a request for comment when the Times reached out. "The writer of the story, Maggie Haberman, a Hillary flunky, knows nothing about me and is not given access". Marc Kasowitz, a NY litigator with a combative reputation who had represented Trump in business disputes, was replaced as head of Trump's personal legal team by John M. Dowd, who had deeper Washington experience.

Flood also spent two years in the White House Counsel's office, where he handled executive-privilege related disputes for President George W. Bush's administration to congressional investigations and other inquiries. Haberman is a renowned White House correspondent who has interviewed Trump several times.

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