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Emmet Flood, the White House lawyer whose job it is to investigate Russia, is preparing for a local battle where he is uniquely qualified.
"He is a legal expert in all these matters about subpoenas, presidential privilege, Article II of the Constitution," said Rudy Giuliani, one of President Trump's field prosecutors.
When Flood joined the Trump The White House in May, he was a big win for a president who wanted to build an A-House List endeavored. Now he is being discussed as a potential replacement for the White House's outgoing lawyer, Don McGahn.
The arrival of Flood in the White House marked a turning point in the collaboration with Robert Mueller's Special Counseling Investigation. About three dozen White House staff members had volunteered for interviews and thousands of documents were handed over. But that changed. Trump's legal team was in no hurry when the president sat down with Mueller's investigators. Www.mjfriendship.de/de/index.php?op…39&Itemid=32 And within the White House, Flood set foot on another interview with the special lawyer he and chief of staff John Kelly
"He rejected me in my opinion," said John Dowd, a former member of Trump's attorney team, which is still associated with the president's lawyers.
"There was a request for an interview with John Kelly, and he did that because the chief of staff works for the president, and he told Mueller he could not interview his chief of staff," Dowd said.
Saying "no" to the investigators who target the White House is a Flood specialty, something he has done for two former presidents.
"He is so experienced and knows about impeachment and separation of powers, the privileges of the executive as a lawyer in the country," said Glen Donath, who worked closely with Flood as part of Clintons during the rigidity investigation and impeachment process  "Through his experience and temperament, he is aggressive and protects the president's prerogatives," said Donath, who is now partner with Clifford Chance.
Flood also brought this approach to his work for the George W. Bush administration. Congressional Democrats investigated the dismissal of US attorneys by the government and Flood, then in the White House office, did not want to make it easy for them.
Elliot Mincberg was chief adviser to the House Judiciary Committee at the time, trying to obtain the documents and testimony that Flood declined to hand over.
"He was a very strong defender of the argument that this information should not be provided, even though he was under subpoena from the Home Justice Committee," said Mincberg, who is now a senior fellow on People For the American Way. "We had to bring this dispute to court."
And the fight continued even after Bush left office.
What does this mean for Müller's investigation? At the moment, the negotiations about a possible interview between the president and the investigators seem to be at a dead end.
Giuliani tells NPR that it's been three weeks since Trump's lawyers made their last offer to Mueller's team for an interview with the president.
So, while Flood continues to raise the occasional request of the Special Counsel team, Giuliani said Flood is also preparing for a fight. “/>