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Some Important Lawyers In The Russia Probe Have Crossed Paths With Emmet Flood Before

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, center, accompanied by his attorney Abbe Lowell, right, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington., Monday, July 24, 2017, to meet behind closed doors before the Senate Intellige... White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, center, accompanied by his attorney Abbe Lowell, right, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington., Monday, July 24, 2017, to meet behind closed doors before the Senate Intelligence Committee on the investigation into possible collusion between Russian officials and the Trump campaign. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite MORE LESS
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May 2, 2018 4:23 pm

While my colleague Caitlin and I were pulling together our rundown on the new White House attorney Emmet Flood and the big legal battles he’s worked on previously, I was struck by the names of the lawyers that popped up. Several are now representing major figures in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. It’s not totally surprising that these attorneys have crossed paths before — when you get to this high level of legal work, the number of players is quite small. But the big guns we’re talking about here are notable nonetheless for the major-stakes issues they’ve deal with the in the past. Here are some of the attorneys I am talking about:

Bill Burck: As other outlets have noted, Flood is close with Bill Burck, who is serving as a personal attorney to Trump White House Counsel Don McGahn and former Chief of Staff Reince Preibus. He also represented senior Trump advisor Steve Bannon during his congressional interview. Burck previously worked for President George W. Bush’s White House as deputy assistant to the president and special counsel, during the same time that Flood was also a special counsel to Bush.

Robert Kelner: Former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn’s attorney Robert Kelner saw his path intersect with Flood’s during a major flashpoint in the Bush administration. When Congress was investigating the U.S. attorneys firing scandal, Flood wrote a letter to Kelner, then a lawyer for the Republican National Committee, requesting that he not turn over RNC emails to the House Judiciary Committee until the White House had a chance to review them.

Abbe Lowell: Abbe Lowell, who is on Jared Kushner’s legal team, joined Flood in representing ex-oil and gas company exec Aubrey K. McClendon, who was indicted for antitrust conspiracy. (The case was dropped when McClendon died in a car crash after the indictment.) Lowell and Flood continue to have a good relationship, according to Washington Post.

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