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The story alleging Trump met with Emmet T. Flood in the Oval Office was confirmed by "four people familiar with the matter".

No agreement has been reached but the overtures to Flood indicate that Trump feels the need to beef up his legal team amid the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

If an agreement was reached, Flood would not replace the White House's current lawyer Ty Cobb, according to The Times.

Trump, notably, did not say anything about the key portion of Haberman's report-that the president invited Flood to the White House as he seeks a legal strategy to head off potential impeachment proceedings.

White House officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Cobb, however, has told friends that he views his position as temporary and does not expect to stay on the job much longer, the report said.

He tweeted out saying, "The Failing New York Times purposely wrote a false story stating that I am unhappy with my legal team on the Russian Federation case and am going to add another lawyer to help out". I am VERY happy with my lawyers, John Dowd, Ty Cobb and Jay Sekulow.

Emmet Flood represented President Bill Clinton during the impeachment process and discussed a day-to-day role helping Trump navigate his investigations. He served in the White House counsel's office during the George W. Bush administration. "They are doing a great job and have shown conclusively that there was no Collusion with Russia.just excuse for losing", tweeted Trump early Sunday morning. Flood was one of a half-dozen top litigators Trump reportedly tried to hire to replace Kasowitz past year, but they all turned down the job.

It was not clear how seriously Flood is considering joining Trump's legal team. Instead, he attacked Haberman, who has interviewed him multiple times, as "a Hillary flunky" who "knows nothing about me and is not given access". Marc Kasowitz, a NY litigator with a combative reputation who had represented Trump in business disputes, was replaced as head of Trump's personal legal team by John M. Dowd, who had deeper Washington experience.

He turned down such an opportunity as recently as last summer, The Times reported.

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