Trump lawyer overheard slamming colleagues, dishing on Russia probe at D.C. steakhouse
A Trump lawyer was caught dishing on the White House's legal drama amid the Justice Department's Russia probe while dining at a Washington D.C. steakhouse, according to a report Sunday.
Ty Cobb, a veteran D.C. lawyer to President Trump for all things Russia, was overheard by a New York Times reporter airing his dispute with White House counsel Don McGahn.
Cobb, who sports a handlebar mustache, joined the White House's legal team in July to assist with Russia-related inquiries.
The Times report states Cobb unknowingly revealed that McGahn had "a couple of documents locked in safe" while meeting with one of Trump’s personal lawyers, John Dowd, at BLT Steak.
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Cobb said he wanted the stash handed to Special Counsel Robert Mueller. By doing so, he believed the transparency would ultimately put an end to the investigation into whether the Trump campaign plotted to sway the 2016 presidential election - or at least shift its focus away from the President.
McGahn, as Cobb explained, disagreed and feared that sharing the coveted documents would set a precedent for future investigations targeting the White House, the Times reported. Cobb argued the documents could ultimately absolve Trump's alleged collusion with Russia to snag his election victory.
Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, after learning of the lunchtime disclosure, berated Cobb, according to the paper.
During the same meal, Cobb was heard slamming his White House colleagues, including one he suspected was a McGahn spy and another he believes was responsible for "earlier leaks" and trying to push out Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, the Times added. Neither of the staffers were identified in the report.
That level of paranoia in Trump’s White House has been heightened by some officials fearing that Mueller is having staffers wear wires to record their conversations.