Advisers urge Trump not to make Emmet Flood next White House counsel: report

Advisers urge Trump not to make Emmet Flood next White House counsel: report
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Top advisers to President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could MORE have reportedly warned him against elevating Emmet Flood, one of the lawyers representing him in the ongoing special counsel investigation, to the position of White House counsel.

Fox News reported Friday that the president's aides believe that Flood is "eminently qualified to be White House counsel" but that his current value to the White House defense team is too great to risk moving him.


One adviser reportedly told Fox's John Roberts that Flood's security clearance, which allows him to be a part of discussions centered around the declassification of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court documents, is a key factor.

“It is vital that Flood finish what he is doing,” Fox's sources said. One added that the lawyer, who joined the Trump team in May, “is a battlefield general you need on the front lines to win the fight.”

The news comes amid reports that current White House counsel Don McGahn is planning to exit the White House in the coming months, either following November's midterm elections or the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

McGahn had previously pointed to Flood as his intended successor, according to an Axios report, further complicating Trump's search for an alternative.

One possible alternative to Flood could be Pat Cippolone, who has been quietly advising the president for months, according to the network, which also noted that Cippolone faces internal resistance from some members of Trump's team.

A source told Axios last month that Flood believes that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE has overstepped the intended scope of his investigation, similar to how Flood believes investigations against former President Clinton, whom he also represented, were handled.

“The reason he can represent both Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonFor 2020, Democrats are lookin’ for somebody to love A year since Parkland: we have a solution Washington restaurant celebrates holiday with presidential drinks MORE and Donald Trump is because he thinks these investigators come and basically put a target on their backs, trying to overturn every aspect of their lives searching for a crime," an associate of Flood said.