Top Russian official meeting with Trump in the Oval today to talk about "election security" in private
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov just flew all the way from Moscow at an interesting time. On Tuesday, House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against the president, charging the president with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Lavrov is giving a joint press conference with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Right after that he is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office.
The question is: why now?
The last time Lavrov met with Trump in the White House, Trump was busy firing former FBI Director James Comey. A lot has happened since then.
Senator Chuck Schumer is concerned that they will have a private meeting outside of the privy of public knowledge, as if to avoid a transcript of a telephone call.
"What conspiracy are they cooking up today?" he wrote.
Remember: The meeting they had two-and-a-half years ago had implications shortly afterwards: just five days later, the Washington Post reported that Trump had revealed to the Russians classified info that was "so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government."
A senior administration official told CNN that they would be discussing the state of their bilateral relationship, whatever that means. The State Department said the topics of discussion would be "broad."
As if the optics couldn't get any worse, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said the two men would talk about "election security" in addition to "arms control" issues. Is he joking? Apparently not.
The press conference will be aired at 1:15 p.m. ET, and more information will be given then, but we still wont know what is said behind closed doors later.