Trump demands 'total transparency' from Justice Department about FBI informant

Trump demands 'total transparency' from Justice Department about FBI informant

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper denies the Trump team was spied on.

John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, who Trump asked to help organize the meetings, attended both sessions, as did Emmet T. Flood, a lawyer representing Trump in the Russian Federation investigation. But, after complaints by both parties, they added a second session for top Democrats and Republicans. Nevertheless, the White House first will go ahead with a planned Republican-only briefing.

Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, said "there's never been a Gang of 8 meeting with a White House presence".

President Donald Trump's legal team wants a briefing on the classified information shared with lawmakers about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election and may take it to the Justice Department as part of an effort to scuttle the ongoing special counsel probe.

At the second briefing on Capitol Hill were Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Schumer, Pelosi, and the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate intelligence committees.

The meeting scheduled for Thursday was encouraged by Trump and brokered by the White House. Only President Trump could interpret this as an attempt to undermine his campaign.

Shah says tomorrow's briefing will go on.

If the administration can not function, the burden of this constantly shifting investigation will give rise to a narrative that any failure was due to the Mueller diversion - that the Trump administration was stabbed in the back.

That's according to Kushner's lawyer, Abbe Lowell.

A court filing appears to show that prosecutors have started to wind down the cooperation of George Papadopoulos (pah-puh-DAHP'-uh-luhs).

"The narrative of the Federal Bureau of Investigation spying only makes sense if you don't believe there was a legitimate national security threat", said Rangappa.

In Wednesday morning's interview with The Washington Post, he said the president sometimes seesaws on whether he wants to do an interview.

In early May, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) asked the Justice Department for all documents about a USA citizen who helped the special counsel investigation.

Trump predicts "people are going to see a lot of bad things happened".

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A number of GOP lawmakers and U.S. intelligence officials will meet Thursday to review classified information about the source.

Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, pointed out that the intentional disclosure of the identity of a covert agent is a crime under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act.

"I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes - and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!"

"They also conveyed the President's understanding of the need to protect human intelligence services and the importance of communication between the branches of government", the statement said. But NPR and other news outlets have identified him as Stefan Halper, a retired professor who served in several Republican presidential administrations.

President Donald Trump fired Comey a year ago amid the bureau's Russian Federation investigation.

The conceit of those claiming Mr. Trump has crossed some line in ordering the Justice Department to comply with oversight is that "investigators" are beyond question. Starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in US history.

Trump now is zeroing in on - and at times embellishing - reports that a longtime USA government informant approached members of his 2016 campaign during the presidential election in a possible bid to glean intelligence on Russian efforts to sway the election.

But now, Trump's tweet has forced the term "Spygate" to be redefined.

Mr. Nunes, a loyal ally of Mr. Trump who advised his presidential transition, has been quiet about what exactly he hoped to learn about the informant, saying only that his late-April request was part of an oversight investigation into potential political bias and abuse of power within the Justice Department as it relates to the Russian Federation investigation.

President Trump is saying things have turned around on the criminal deep state.

As for the proposed meeting with Mueller - who is investigating whether or not Trump or his allies colluded with Russian Federation at any point during the campaign - the president's legal advisers have protested the sit-down, as many believe the special counsel could catch him committing perjury.

It raises the possibility that, had they moved forward, the obstruction investigation of the President could have already concluded by now.

They spoke "to relay the president's desire for as much openness as possible under the law", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

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