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Breakfast in Trumpland: Inside the Nunes-Flynn Meeting That Caught Mueller’s Attention
The special counsel’s interest in an inaugural fundraiser attended by foreign dignitaries points to how potent the mix of money and politics can be in Washington.
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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has gone from being an overseer in the Russia investigation to a potential witness in it. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly investigating potential influence peddling at an inaugural fundraising breakfast attended by Nunes, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and a host of foreign officials from around the world. So where do pricey Eggs Benedict fit in with the rest of the Russia investigation
Best buds: It makes sense that Nunes appeared at the event alongside Flynn, then his fellow Trump transition teammate. The two became close when Flynn was serving as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency for President Obama and Nunes was a junior member of the House intelligence committee, according to a Newsweek profile. The two bonded over Flynn’s Iran-centric view of Middle Eastern terrorism, and Nunes eagerly embraced the general’s conspiracy theories, like the belief that Tehran was somehow behind the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Nunes’ support for Flynn only deepened as President Trump hired him as his national security adviser, only to fire him weeks later for lying about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador. The California Republican has even hired Derek Harvey, Flynn’s pick for National Security Council Middle East director, after H.R. McMaster, who followed Flynn as national security adviser, fired him.