Kelly has disclaimer in Justice conversations: White House doesn't expect them to do anything illegal

Kelly has disclaimer in Justice conversations: White House doesn't expect them to do anything illegal

White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE has ended recent conversations with Justice Department officials intended to convey President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump warns Iran's Rouhani: Threaten us 'and you will suffer' Pompeo: Iran's leaders resemble the mafia NYT's Haberman: Trump 'often tells the truth' MORE's displeasure with their involvement in the Russian investigation by saying, as a disclaimer of sorts, that the White House does not expect them to do anything illegal or unethical, Bloomberg reported Monday.

Kelly has been meeting with Justice officials or talking to them on the phone since Trump grew angry over learning a Justice Department official has criticized the possible release of a House Intelligence Committee memo as "extraordinarily reckless" in a letter to the committee.

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Bloomberg reported that Trump saw the warning by Associate Attorney General Stephen Boyd as undermining him.

In the conversations, Kelly has lectured senior Justice officials on the White House's expectations.

The memo, written by staff for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesSchiff: Surveillance warrant docs show that Nunes memo 'misrepresented and distorted these applications' Justice Dept releases surveillance applications for former Trump aide On The Money: Trump 'ready' for tariffs on all 0B in Chinese goods | Trump digs in on Fed criticism | Lawmakers drop plans to challenge Trump ZTE deal MORE (R-Calif.), purports to detail surveillance abuses by the government. 

GOP lawmakers have pushed for the release of the memo, as they claim it will prove political bias against Trump is rampant in the FBI and Justice Department.

Kelly reportedly called Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump ramps up scrutiny of legal immigrants Data confirm that marijuana decriminalization is long overdue The FIRST STEP Act sets up a dangerous future MORE directly to complain on Trump's behalf about Boyd’s letter warning Nunes that it would be reckless to publish the memo.