Emmet Flood, the veteran D.C. lawyer reported to be under consideration to replace the outgoing Ty Cobb on President Donald Trump's legal team, is no stranger to highly publicized legal bouts involving the White House.
Flood, a current partner at the firm Williams & Connolly, has represented several top government officials in different administrations, including former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton and former Vice President Dick Cheney. He most notably represented Clinton during the impeachment proceedings brought against the former president by the House of Representatives and tried before the Senate.
During Bush's second term, Flood served for two years as the lead lawyer for the White House's Counsel Office in handling inquiries from congressional investigators.
Flood represented Cheney in private practice in a civil suit brought against him and several other Bush administration officials by Valerie Plame, the former CIA operative whose identity was leaked and revealed by the press. The incident resulted in a criminal investigation which led to the conviction of led Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former adviser to Cheney, for lying to federal prosecutors.
According to a biography on his law firm’s website, Flood’s experience includes cases dealing with “complex white-collar matters, Congressional investigations, professional liability disputes, and other high-stakes litigation and crisis situations."
Flood graduated magna cum laude in 1978 from the University of Dallas with a bachelor of arts, according to the bio. He went on to get a Master of Arts and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin and to pursue postdoctoral studies in humanities at Wesleyan University in the 1980s. In 1991, Flood got his J.D. from Yale Law School.
Flood previously rejected overtures to join Trump's legal team in March, though it was not clear whether he was formally offered the position that was ultimately filled by Cobb.
The White House confirmed on Wednesday that Cobb will step down from the president's legal team, marking the departure of their lead attorney handling special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling.
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the prominent white-collar attorney who left private practice last year for a job in Trump’s inner circle had been discussing his retirement for several weeks with White House chief of staff John Kelly.
Sanders did not announce the hire of Flood. But in an interview with The New York Times, Cobb said he would stay on Trump's legal team to assist in the transition for his replacement, Flood.