Advisers to President Trump are making the case to him that he should keep Emmet Flood in his current position as in-house counsel on the Mueller investigation, and not elevate him to White House counsel, sources tell Fox News.
But, according to sources, the advisers believe he is so important to the president on the Mueller investigation that to move Flood and bring in a new attorney at this point in the investigation would be “an unforced error that is not necessary.” If a new attorney were to be brought in to take over for Flood, that person would take some time to get the depth of knowledge Flood has about the case.
One source also points out that Flood possesses “top secret” security clearance, and is involved in the ongoing Situation Room discussions about the declassification of FISA documents.
Last month, Trump announced that White House Counsel Don McGahn plans to leave the Trump administration after the upcoming confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
As to whether Cippolone would be enough of a “pit bull” for the Trump White House, one acquaintance of Cippolone described him as “a killer with a velvet glove.”