While 800,000 Americans eagerly await their next paychecks, the White House has somehow found the money to pay 17 new attorneys. The move was reportedly made to protect Donald Trump from the results of the Mueller investigation. The Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig reports:
The strategy to strongly assert the president’s executive privilege on both fronts is being developed under newly arrived White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, who has hired 17 lawyers in recent weeks to help in the effort.
He is coordinating with White House lawyer Emmet Flood, who is leading the response to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report on his now-20-month-long investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign. Flood is based in White House Counsel’s Office but reports directly to Trump.
Things I learned in this story:
Team @realdonaldtrump is prepared for the worst, expecting best in Mueller report
White House Counsel's office fell into teens due to resignations last year
Some surprise Dems rave about Pat Cipollone, new counsel
— Carol Leonnig (@CarolLeonnig) January 9, 2019