Two highly classified meetings about the Trump-Russia investigation held Thursday had a surprise participant: one of Donald Trump’s lawyers. And he got an earful for it.
#EmmetFlood , the new lawyer for the White House overseeing its response to the Mueller probe, headed into the Justice Department with White House Chief of Staff #JohnKelly late Thursday morning and departed with him when the meeting was over. Flood also accompanied Kelly in and out of a second meeting held on Capitol Hill.
The first meeting included Rep. Trey Gowdy, Speaker Paul Ryan, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Devin Nunes, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Rod Rosenstein, and Chris Wray, as well as brief appearances from Kelly and Flood. The second included the Congressional “Gang of Eight,” the leaders of both parties from both chambers, as well as the heads of the intelligence committees.
Flood and Kelly left soon after appearing in the Capitol Hill meeting. More than one participant in that meeting told Flood his appearance was inappropriate, according to a Congressional official familiar with the meeting.
The White House downplayed Flood’s role in the meeting. In a statement, the White House press office said Flood and Kelly only went to the meetings to “facilitate” them.
But Flood’s presence fueled the perception that the White House was trying to monitor the investigation into the Trump campaign. And #Rudy )Giuliani, one of Trump’s personal lawyers, helped. “We want to see how the briefing went to today and how much we learned from it,” he told Politico, referring to how he’s deciding whether or not Trump will sit for an interview with Mueller. “If we learned a good deal from it, it will shorten that whole process considerably.”...WTF!!! _______________________________________ #receipts #NeverAgain #StormyDaniels #tea #NotONESecond #illegitimateTrump #trumprussia #RachelMaddow #Muellertime #notmypresident #ThisIsAmerica #lockhimup #msnbc #funnyclips #resist #donaldtrump #imstillwithher #maga #AuntieMaxine #funnymeme #DonaldGlover #impeachtrump #MichaelCohen #breakingnews #vote2018 #true45