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Trump reportedly initiated discussions with an impeachment lawyer this week, signaling that he may be more worried about the Russia investigation than he’s willing to admit.

The New York Times reported Saturday that Trump met with Emmet Flood, the lawyer who represented Bill Clinton in his impeachment proceedings, to talk about joining his legal team.

Trump is looking to Flood for help dealing with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

The revelation that Trump has reached out to an impeachment lawyer comes just as former aide Sam Nunberg is expressing new concerns about potential legal troubles awaiting Trump campaign officials.

After meeting with Mueller and testifying before a grand jury for more than five hours on Friday, Nunberg told ABC News that he no longer believes the Russia probe is a “witch hunt.”

“No, I don’t think it’s a witch hunt,” he said. “It’s warranted because there’s a lot there and that’s the sad truth.”

Nunberg said he believes that many of those in his inner circle may end up facing major legal troubles stemming from the ongoing investigation into Russian interference and potential cooperation with the Trump campaign.

He is particularly concerned that his own mentor, former campaign aide Roger Stone, may be in serious legal jeopardy.

“I’m very worried about him,” Nunberg told ABC News. “He’s certainly at least the subject of this investigation, in the very least he’s a subject.”

Trump’s outreach to an impeachment lawyer suggests that he, too, has come to the realization that Mueller’s investigation is not a “hoax” or a “witch hunt,” despite what he claims in his frequent ragetweets.

To date, Mueller’s team has already either indicted or gotten guilty pleas from 19 people and three companies, including four members of the Trump campaign.

While Trump’s overture to Flood isn’t a sign of guilt, it does signal an acknowledgement by Trump that the investigation is not likely to come to an end anytime soon — and that the road ahead is not likely to be a smooth one.

 

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