Trump seethes over Russian Federation probe, calls for end to ‘SPYGATE’

Democrats Won't Get Data on Trump Campaign Intel Source

Democrats Won't Get Data on Trump Campaign Intel Source

Senate intelligence committee chairman Richard Burr was also invited, as was the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence panel, Sen. Those individuals left before the substance of it.

White House involvement in an investigation Justice Department investigation is rare.

"Even if Flood wasn't there for any operative parts of the meeting, the optics are disquieting", said Stephen I. Vladeck, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Republicans are now "getting the cooperation necessary" to resolve their demands for classified information stemming from early stages of the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Giuliani later told CNN that he assumes Flood went to the meeting because the President wanted him there.

In a separate interview on CNN, Clapper said Trump was distorting what he has said.

He defended Flood's attendance at the briefings Thursday.

Justice Department officials also briefed other members of Congress ― the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" composed of congressional leaders and the top members of the intelligence committees from both parties― on Thursday afternoon.

On Thursday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy will meet with DOJ officials, who are expected to turn over documents detailing the federal intrusion of the Trump campaign.

More news: Facebook's crises might destroy Mark Zuckerberg's legacy
More news: Pompeo Seeks June Meeting With European Allies On Iran Strategy
More news: Thousands gather to remember victims of Manchester attack

The White House confirmed on Wednesday it's planning for a bipartisan group of House and Senate leaders, known as the "Gang of 8", to receive a highly classified intelligence briefing on the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling, reversing plans to exclude Democrats altogether. Republicans declined to comment. "We first hear about the dossier, it's kind of fishy, then we find out later it was funded by the Clinton campaign", York said.

Their case exploded into view when Trump seized on disclosures about the informant late last week, accusing the Federal Bureau of Investigation, without evidence, of planting a spy in his campaign.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday called the FBI's use of an informant to talk to three of his 2016 campaign associates "SPYGATE", saying it "could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!"

The Justice Department immediately agreed to expand an internal investigation to determine whether there was any politically motivated surveillance.

White House officials had at first arranged for only Nunes to be briefed.

Similarly, the Justice Department allegedly strongly pushed back on revealing the informant's identity, but anyone with a passing familiarity with establishment Republican national security figures from the Cold War era could have figured out Halper's identity from the facts revealed in the Times and Post articles, as our friends at the Daily Caller did with alacrity.

According to former Obama administration officials, to their faithful Democratic supporters, and to their media adjunct, there is nothing to see here.

"For the President of the United States to pressure the Justice Department to reveal details and documents pertaining to an active investigation of the President's campaign, for the goal of denigrating it, is a gross and unprecedented abuse of power", Schumer said in a tweet. The request for the latest documents are the latest in a series of subpoenas to the Justice Department for sensitive information. Ultimately, Democratic congressman Adam B. Schiff was allowed into the briefing with Nunes.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.