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Trump: Lawyer Emmet Flood, who handled Mueller inquiry, to leave post

White House Counsel Emmet Flood walks into the offices of Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) on Capitol Hill January 09, 2019 in Washington, DC.
White House lawyer Emmet Flood. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Trump announced Saturday that White House lawyer Emmet Flood would leave his legal team, after overseeing the administration's response to the Mueller investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election campaign.

Why it matters: Flood — who helped former President Bill Clinton through impeachment proceedings — took an adversarial approach to the Mueller investigation after taking over from Ty Cobb.

  • In an April letter to Attorney General Bill Barr, Flood denounced former special counsel Robert Mueller's final report as "political" and urged the White House against cooperating in further Mueller report-related inquiries.

Go deeper: Explore a detailed view of the Mueller report