The Trump administration is reportedly scrambling to bolster its legal resources amid fears President Trump does not fully comprehend the danger he will face if Democrats take control of the House. There is concern that impeachment steps would begin in earnest if that happens. A Trump ally reportedly said that officials feared “winter is coming” — a Game of Thrones reference meant to indicate a time of great trouble.
Last week, it was announced White House counsel Don McGahn will his post once the Senate confirms Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Additional reports suggest that McGahn wants Emmet Flood to replace him. Mr. Flood, who worked previously for George W. Bush and, as is perhaps more relevant, for Bill Clinton during his 1998 impeachment hearings. Flood was hired by the Trump administration a few months ago.
Former New York mayor and the president’s lead lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, told Time that Emmet Flood would be a good choice and the two men had an excellent relationship. “From the very beginning they sort of hit it off,” he said.
But several recent reports indicate that those in Trump’s orbit do not think he is taking adequate steps to prepare for what could be an overwhelming amount of legal pressure applied to him and those close to him. The president, both in public and reportedly in private, believes that special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged collusion with Russia will clear him.
While Trump and his mouthpieces have gotten serious mileage out of the “witch hunt” narrative, in reality, many of them fear that the president has no actual strategy in the event Mueller finds something that actually condemns him.