(Editor's note: This article was updated after Lynne Patton disputed The City's report with a tweet, writing, "Never played "hooky. 🙄 Spoke to GC’s office, Chief of Staff & WH Comms Tuesday evening to advise of invitation & seek protocol. I was also 100% unpaid on Wednesday & am reimbursing for partial travel, per my own insistence. My participation was on personal time & capacity.")
Housing and Urban Development regional director Lynne Patton might face consequences after she skipped out on a conference for top housing agency administrators to appear at Michael Cohen's Congressional testimony, according to the digital news organization The City.
Patton was one of the few African Americans who worked close to President Donald Trump and his family. She was a special guest of Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) in an effort to prove that Trump is not a racist. Patton worked close to Trump and his family as an event director.
The City reported that Patton was in hot water for skipping a conference for all HUD regional administrator to attend the hearing. But she has pushed back at the claim. See below:
@THECITYNY Never played “hooky.” 🙄 Spoke to GC’s office, Chief of Staff & WH Comms Tuesday evening to advise of inv… https://t.co/jn0HSh06tV— 🇺🇸 Lynne Patton (@🇺🇸 Lynne Patton)1551395597.0
According to a series of tweets from The City, HUD’s Inspector General said the office is, “ascertaining all of the related facts and has taken the additional step to refer this matter to the Office of Special Counsel for their review."
1/ #BREAKING: HUD regional director @LynnePatton could be in hot water after she skipped out of a conference for to… https://t.co/EKyKlA6pvz— THE CITY (@THE CITY)1551393827.0
2/ @LynnePatton's controversial appearance to try to undermine Cohen’s claims that @realDonaldTrump has made racist… https://t.co/snSsAphb0M— THE CITY (@THE CITY)1551393861.0
3/ @LynnePatton was a longtime Trump family event planner and is one of a small number of Trump appointees who is A… https://t.co/lw6DtigVGA— THE CITY (@THE CITY)1551393895.0
4/ On Wednesday, she appeared at Cohen’s hearing at the invitation of @repmarkmeadows, who at one point grilled the… https://t.co/Qr6dIUJuWl— THE CITY (@THE CITY)1551394014.0
5/ With @LynnePatton standing behind him, at times nodding in agreement, @repmarkmeadows contested Cohen’s descript… https://t.co/lBREGoGZZz— THE CITY (@THE CITY)1551394050.0
6/ To attend that hearing, however, @LynnePatton had to play hooky from the day’s sessions of a conference for all… https://t.co/oqdMkNjUro— THE CITY (@THE CITY)1551394074.0
7/ On Thursday, a spokesman for HUD’s Inspector General said the office was in the process of “ascertaining all of… https://t.co/wq5JfsYAHK— THE CITY (@THE CITY)1551394141.0