Democrats blasted the White House for letting Emmet Flood, President Trump's attorney working on the Russia investigation, attend two classified briefings on Thursday with Justice Department officials. "Emmet Flood's presence and statement at the outset of both meetings today was completely inappropriate," said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). Flood attended both briefings, the first one with just House Republicans and a second one with the bipartisan congressional leaders who make up the "Gang of Eight." The briefings were to discuss information related to an FBI informant who in 2016 talked to Trump campaign advisers linked to Russia. The White House said Flood and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly spoke at the beginning of the meetings then left before they started.

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