Trump Lawyers Overheard Debating Russia Probe in Public

Trump Lawyers Overheard Debating Russia Probe in Public

Trump’s legal team talked about the Russia investigation over lunch – while a reporter sat nearby.

By Megan Trimble, Associate Editor, Social Media |Sept. 18, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

Sometimes, they’re served them loudly and with a side of salad.

Over the weekend, Ty Cobb and John Dowd, members of President Donald Trump‘s legal team, were overheard discussing details of the Russia investigation during what appeared to be a working lunch at BLT Steak in Washington, just feet from the Washington Bureau of the New York Times.

New York Times investigative reporter Kenneth P. Vogel on Sunday tweeted a photograph of the pair from his seat at the next table. The steakhouse, the New York Times notes, is popular in the city.

“Here’s a photo of Ty Cobb & John Dowd casually & loudly discussing details of Russia investigation at @BLTSteadDC while I sat at next table,” Vogel wrote.

Here’s a photo of Ty Cobb & John Dowd casually & loudly discussing details of Russia investigation at @BLTSteakDCwhile I sat at next table. pic.twitter.com/RfX9JLJ0Te

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Vogel reported he overheard them debating how to respond to investigators’ requests in the Russia probe, as well as discussing White House counsel Donald F. McGhan and Jared Kushner, the president’s son in law. Federal investigators are probing Russian meddling in the 2016 election and its possible collusion with associates of the Trump administration or members of the president’s campaign team.

“Mr. Cobb was heard talking about a White House lawyer he deemed ‘a McGahn spy’ and saying Mr. McGahn had ‘a couple documents locked in a safe’ that he seemed to suggest he wanted access to,” according to the Times story. “He also mentioned a colleague whom he blamed for ‘some of these earlier leaks,’ and who he said ‘tried to push Jared out.'”

The New York Times published a full story on the lawyers’ meeting with the headline, “Trump Lawyers Clash Over How Much to Cooperate With Russia Inquiry.”

And for inquiring minds wanting to know, Vogel tweeted that he ordered the tuna Niçoise salad.

 Here’s a photo of Ty Cobb & John Dowd casually & loudly discussing details of Russia investigation at @BLTSteakDC while I sat at next table. pic.twitter.com/RfX9JLJ0Te