By hiring a former impeachment lawyer on Tuesday, President Trump did exactly what he denied plotting to do in March.
On March 10, the New York Times said Trump met with former Clinton impeachment lawyer Emmet Flood, and cited two sources who said that if Flood joined Trump, it would be for “a day-to-day role helping the president navigate his dealings with the Justice Department.”
Trump denied the story, tweeting: “The Failing New York Times purposely wrote a false story stating that I am unhappy with my legal team on the Russia case and am going to add another lawyer to help out. Wrong. I am VERY happy with my lawyers, John Dowd, Ty Cobb and Jay Sekulow.” He added that the writer of the story, Maggie Haberman, was “a Hillary flunky [who] knows nothing about me and is not given access.”
Haberman got some redemption Tuesday, when Flood joined Trump’s legal team — just as Haberman’s story said he might — and Cobb exited. Dowd left the team in March, less than two weeks after Trump said he was “VERY” happy with him.
After Trump trashed her in another tweet last month, and insisted that he never spoke to her, an image of Haberman with the billionaire in the Oval Office whipped around the Internet.
Trump just tweeted, “I don’t speak to and have nothing to do with” Maggie Haberman. pic.twitter.com/G3XnSFmE2X
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) April 21, 2018