While President Donald Trump is favoring Emmet Flood to be his new White House counsel, some allies fear that Flood’s bipartisan background will make him insufficiently loyal to the President for the legal battles likely to come.
According to a Tuesday Wall Street Journal article, Flood is seen as an attractive candidate because he has successfully warded off attacks on the White House before. However, some consider him a risky choice because he earned those credentials by defending President Bill Clinton during impeachment proceedings, as well as President George W. Bush during the U.S. attorney firings.
Flood has an independent streak, reportedly wishing to mold his staff and office the way he likes and to choose judicial nominees without input from conservative groups, unlike current White House counsel Don McGahn.
Per the Wall Street Journal, chief of staff John Kelly is urging Trump to be deliberate about the decision, as Trump could well be facing impeachment proceedings if Democrats win the House this fall, as well as Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.