May 2, 2018

Meet the new Trump lawyer, Emmet Flood

Emmet Flood on far left in 2007. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Trump's White House legal team went through a shakeup this afternoon as Ty Cobb announced his retirement, opening the door for his replacement, Emmett Flood, a partner at Williams & Connolly.

Why he matters: Flood is likely to get buzz because he was part of President Clinton's legal team during his impeachment proceedings — though he didn't play a prominent role, per the NYT.

Be smart, per the NYT: "Mr. Flood is expected to take a more adversarial approach to the investigation than Mr. Cobb, who had pushed Mr. Trump to strike a cooperative tone."

His other achievements:

  • Flood attended Yale Law and was a clerk for Antonin Scalia at the Supreme Court.
  • He was head of the White House Counsel's Office for two years under President George W. Bush, specializing in the administration's response to congressional investigations.
  • He represented President George W. Bush after his term in office in issues relating to executive privilege.
  • He also personally represented Vice President Dick Cheney in Valerie Plame's civil case against Bush administration senior officials.
  • Flood's firm represented Hillary Clinton during her email scandal, which was considered to be one of the reasons that he had turned down a White House job earlier this year, per Reuters.

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