White House Defends Being At Classified Meeting

The classified meeting concerning an FBI informant took place today, between Congressional investigators and law enforcement officials.

It was previously stated that no members of the White House would be in attendance, so it was questioned as to why John Kelly and Emmet Flood were there.

As reported by washingtonexaminer.com

The White House defended its involvement in Thursday’s classified briefings to lawmakers, and said chief of staff John Kelly and Emmet Flood, one of President Trump's personal lawyers, did not participate and were only there at the beginning to make "brief remarks" before the briefings started.

“Neither Chief Kelly nor Mr. Flood actually attended the meetings but did make brief remarks before the meetings started to relay the president’s desire for as much openness as possible under the law,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

Sanders had originally said that no one from the White House would attend either meeting, even though Kelly was tasked earlier in the week with setting things up.

Kelly and Flood also “conveyed the President’s understanding of the need to protect human intelligence services and the importance of communication between the branches of government," Sanders said.

The two back-to-back meetings Thursday came after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes threatened to hold Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in contempt for not responding to a subpoena.

The subpoena included all documents relating to a confidential FBI source that made contact with the Trump campaign in 2016.

Interestingly enough, while it was questioned why Kelly and Flood were momentarily in attendance, on the other side no one seemed to question why a Democrat was present, even though it had been stated previously that none would be in attendance.

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Posted Thursday, May 24, 2018

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