MSNBC’s Ari Melber argued Thursday that the attendance of President Donald Trump’s lawyer Emmet Flood at an intelligence briefing about the investigation into the Trump campaign was unequivocally a major violation.
“As a matter of law and precedent,” Melber said, “what we saw in that meeting today was improper and it was unprecedented.”
Not only is it improper for a defendants’ lawyer to go to a meeting where the government’s case against a client is being discussed — Melber noted that anyone other than the president has no chance of making this happen — it’s clear that the White House tried to cover it up. He pointed out that the Justice Department put out a list of who was supposed to attend the meeting the night before, and Flood wasn’t listed.
“Today, the Trump administration was busted!” Melber. “And that makes the list untrue, because it’s missing the one person who has no business being at this internal, classified Gang of Eight meeting but who was spotted entering the meeting.”
Melber continued: “We note sometimes that a subject may seem guilty but is presumed innocent… This is not one of those nights.”
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Tonight: White House under fire for sending Trump Russia lawyer to crash DOJ meeting about Trump conspiracy theory
— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) May 24, 2018