A meeting between former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and numerous foreign officials is currently under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors in Manhattan, according to The Daily Beast.
Three sources familiar with the matter told the publication about 60 people were invited to the event, which included foreign diplomats from governments across the globe.
The breakfast event, which was first reported by The Daily Sabah, a pro-government Turkish paper, took place at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. at 8.30 a.m. on Jan. 18, 2017—two days before President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Federal prosecutors are looking into the meeting as part of their investigation into the possibility that donors attempted to influence the White House via gifts to President Donald Trump’s inaugural fund, as well as whether the inaugural committee misspent any of the money.
Likewise, the special counsel’s office is scrutinizing the meeting to determine whether foreigners contributed to the Trump inaugural fund and PAC by way of American intermediaries.
Nunes, who has not been accused of any wrongdoing, has been perhaps Trump’s most important congressional ally over the last two years. After serving on Trump’s transition team, Nunes became a vigorous defender of the president against federal and congressional inquiries. The California Republican pushed a misleading memo alleging misconduct in the FBI investigation of Trump’s associates that the bureau said contained “material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”
Now Nunes—a key figure behind the right-wing counter narrative that Trump is at the mercy of a “Deep State” conspiracy—finds at least one meeting that he himself attended under the special counsel’s scrutiny.