Trump boosts pressure on Justice Department in Russian Federation probe

Democrats Won't Get Data on Trump Campaign Intel Source

Democrats Won't Get Data on Trump Campaign Intel Source

"Starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in USA history", Trump tweeted Thursday.

After negotiations with leaders on Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon, White House spokesman Raj Shah announced the additional bipartisan meeting but said Thursday's briefing would go on. "It is a breach of the duty we owe to these men and women, who serve our country at great risk and trust us to protect their identities". "They're going to endure any kind of test", Ryan told reporters Thursday.

White House chief of staff John Kelly brokered the briefings with Justice Department officials after Trump's claims.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had originally said no one from the White House would attend the briefing.

Asked before a private meeting Tuesday with the president of South Korea if he has confidence in Rosenstein, who is overseeing the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation, he told reporters to move on to another question.

Senior intelligence and law enforcement officials, including FBI Director Christopher Wray, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats attended the briefings.

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, who has worked closely with Burr on the panel's own Russian Federation investigation, accused the White House of brokering a Republican-only briefing to serve their political purposes. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr was also invited, along with the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence panel, Sen.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY, the top Senate Democrat, continued to push Thursday morning for the first meeting to be scrapped altogether, calling Nunes a "known partisan" out to undermine Mueller's investigation. Schiff, Nunes, Gowdy and Ryan were all seen arriving at the Justice Department just before the first meeting's 12 p.m. start time.

ABC News first reported the plans to hold a separate briefing for Democrats, citing multiple administration and congressional sources.

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The details continued to be fluid Thursday. Comey said he did not disclose the investigation involving Trump because it was at an early, sensitive stage. If a meeting takes place, Schumer said, it should include a broader bipartisan group of lawmakers.

Some Republicans in the House are calling for another special counsel to be named to investigate special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe and for the informant to be identified.

"Look how things have turned around on the Criminal Deep State".

There's no telling what kind of information was actually discussed in those meetings, but we do know that Democrat, Adam Schiff, the only Democrat allowed to go to that meeting, did come out and say there was absolutely nothing to confirm Trump's claims that there was a spy within his campaign.

It remains unclear what, if any, spying was done.

While the president and his allies in the Republican Party claim that the Obama administration's Federal Bureau of Investigation tried to sway the election in favor of Hillary Clinton, Trump did win the White House. This is exactly why the Mueller investigation itself had to be conducted. The Justice Department hasn't said what information will be shared with lawmakers and Kelly about the informant.

Former FBI Director James Comey is defending the FBI's use of a secret informant in the Russian Federation investigation, saying the practice is "tightly regulated and essential to protecting the country". "How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?"

In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on "The Lead", Clapper responded to Trump's accusations: "That is a distortion of what I said, in fact I had an aversion to the use of the term".

The Justice Department's internal probe began in March at the request of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and congressional Republicans.

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