The Times, citing four people familiar with the matter, said Trump met with lawyer Emmet T. Flood in the Oval Office about joining the team as Trump and his allies continue to deal with the special counsel investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller. If Flood agreed, his duties would consist of "a day-to-day role helping the president navigate his dealings with the Justice Department".
While Trump's overture to Flood isn't a sign of guilt, it does signal an acknowledgement by Trump that the investigation is not likely to come to an end anytime soon - and that the road ahead is not likely to be a smooth one.
Flood advised Bill Clinton in the late 1990s in impeachment proceedings brought by the U.S. House of Representatives and tried before the U.S. Senate, where he was acquitted. 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.
He accused the Times of knowingly writing a false story and disparaged one of the report's authors, Maggie Haberman, as "a Hillary flunky".
His comments follow a report in The New York Timesclaiming that Trump is looking to shake up his legal team amid some frustration with their approach. "I am VERY happy with my lawyers John Down, Ty Cobb and Jay Sekulow. They are doing a great job". "The writer of the story, Maggie Haberman, a Hillary flunky, knows nothing about me and is not given access".