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Former RNC Chair Steele Goes Off on Trump’s ‘Spying’ Claims: ‘Republicans Are Complicit in This Crazy’

Morning Joe took on the news that President Donald Trump‘s Russia probe lawyer attended a meeting between House lawmakers to discuss the FBI informant who spoke to members of the Trump campaign in 2016.

Emmet Flood’s brief attendance of the classified meeting — held by the Justice Department to discuss the investigation into his client’s campaign — raised eyebrows, though the White House said in a statement he was there to assure lawmakers of the president’s “openness.”

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough noted Democrat Sen. Mark Warner‘s opposition to the presence of Flood, who was accompanied by White House chief of staff John Kelly, voiced in a tweet.

“This is another violation of constitutional norms,” Scarborough said. “This is the president of the United States lying about what the FBI has been doing, lying about what the Republican FISA court judges have been doing, lying about what the Justice Department has been doing. Lying, lying, lying.”

Michael Steele, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, joked by recommending people under criminal investigation by the FBI send their lawyer to intel meetings.

“What the president’s did team yesterday is something no other citizen in this country would be permitted to do,” Steele said. “And that is to have their counsel and their executive chief officer from their business, if you will, inside a meeting.”

“This is what twists my stuff in a knot,” Steele continued. “Republicans are complicit in this crazy. And they’re sitting here now and dumbing down the system, they’re disintegrating the very pillars of justice in this country. A., by going after those institutions like the FBI and the DOJ, but then permitting the president to behave in a way in which no other American citizen — and they no damn well that this is true — would be able to behave.”

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