On Thursday, Justice Department officials met with top Republicans to discuss documents related to what President Trump has called “SPYGATE” — the alleged attempt of FBI infiltration into his 2016 presidential campaign.

As reported previously, Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, had denounced the meeting as super crappy and even crappier that they couldn’t come.

Didn’t expect the words “super crappy,” did you?

Keep comin’ back; I’ll try to keep it interesting.

Anyway, so the meeting went down in spite of Nancy Pelosi’s objections.

She really shouldn’t be so dour. She predicted the literal end of the world if the Republican tax bill passed. She should just be thankful we’re all still here.

But she ain’t.

Didn’t expect “ain’t” either, did you?

Moving on, there were two surprise guests at the meeting. In addition to House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and Rep. Trey Gowdy, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Trump Attorney Emmet Flood attended.

Eat their dust, Pelosi.

According to a statement from the Trump camp, Flood and Kelly made remarks at the opening of the meeting to “relay the President’s desire for as much openness as possible.”

Reportedly, the two then left.

The meeting is a big deal, because:

Thursday’s convening — and the premise upon which it’s based — marks an important turn in the Russia collusion investigation, for once positioning Trump as protagonist rather than villain. Amid the controversy, he’s taking to Twitter to lambast the FBI for either planting or trying to turn an informant within his campaign team.

Having recovered from Armageddon, Pelosi now sees the meeting as the worst thing:

“Never has there been anything so disrespectful of the Congress than what they’re doing today.”

#perspective

The DOJ later briefed the bipartisan “Gang of Eight,” for which Pelosi was absent. Kelly and Flood also crashed that party, prompting ire from Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.:

“There’s never been a Gang of Eight meeting with that kind of White House presence.”

 

Stay tuned for more in the ongoing saga. In the meantime, get more backstory here and here.

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