President Donald Trump held two individual staff meetings with important aides in his fight against impeachment before the second day of public hearings in the House begin Friday.
Trump met in the Oval Office with Attorney General Bill Barr and White House counsel Pat Cipollone on Thursday. Barr was seen sitting in the oval office at the Resolute Desk across from the President reportedly drinking a diet coke. Photographers outside spotted him and took pictures as they waited for him to depart to the rally scheduled in Louisiana.
Two sources told CNN, that the meetings centered around the incoming Horowitz report that is reported to be released soon.
The Horowitz report centers around reports of FISA warrant abuse occurring in the Obama administration during the 2016 election. Journalist Sarah Carter previously reported that sources told her that
After the three of them stood up, a second meeting happened including acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Legislative Affairs director Eric Ueland, press secretary Stephanie Grisham and deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley.
Soon after, Trump and Cipollone stepped into the President’s study to continue talking.
Trump was scheduled to depart for the rally at 4:10 p.m. EST, but the meetings caused him to leave around 45 minutes late.
Trump often talks to reporters before leaving but did not this time.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch is going to appear before the House Intelligence Committee on Friday as part of the House Intelligence Committees’s hearing to look into Trump’s impeachment.
Democrats have insisted that Trump improperly pressured Ukraine to investigate the Biden family’s dealings in Ukraine. The attempt to impeach the president centers on proving that Trump had a quid pro quo linking foreign aid to Trump’s request for investigations.