Trump Denies Eyeing Hiring of Bill Clinton Impeachment Lawyer

President Donald Trump has hit out at a report claiming that he is moving to strengthen his legal team by tapping a top lawyer who represented former president Bill Clinton during impeachment proceedings.

“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 . They are doing a great job and have shown conclusively that there was no Collusion with Russia..just excuse for losing,” tweeted Trump early Sunday morning.

GettyImages-930250040 President Donald Trump returns to the White House on March 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Getty Images

Trump recently met with lawyer Emmet T. Flood to discuss the possibility of him joining his legal team, amid Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged Russian collusion, The New York Times reported Saturday, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter.

No final decision has been made on the hiring, according to two sources cited in the report. 

“The only Collusion was that done by the DNC, the Democrats and Crooked Hillary. The writer of the story, Maggie Haberman, a Hillary flunky, knows nothing about me and is not given access,” tweeted Trump. 

Flood currently works with law firm Williams & Connolly, and represented Bill Clinton during the Democrat’s impeachment proceedings in 1998 amid the Monica Lewinsky scandal. According to the sources who spoke to the Times, he would help Trump with the Justice Department’s requests relating to the Russia investigation.

The president has veered between expressing confidence in the claim of his chief legal counsel, Ty Cobb, that the Russia probe will wrap up quickly, and frustration at his legal team's approach, according to the report. 

Democrats have called for Trump to be impeached over the president’s alleged collusion with Russia to claim victory in the 2016 presidential election, and for obstructing the subsequent investigation.

Trump has described the Russia probe as a “witch hunt,” denying the accusations of collusion and obstruction.

Flood has reportedly turned down a previous offer to join the president’s legal team — but has long been on a list of lawyers the White House wants to recruit. He previously worked in the White House counsel's office during the administration of President George W. Bush.