FBI, DOJ to brief lawmakers on handling of Russian Federation probe on Thursday

Jermaine Castillo
May 23, 2018

Moscow denies election meddling and Trump denies any collusion between Russian officials and his campaign, calling investigations a political witch hunt.

Two Republican lawmakers - and no Democrats - are expected to attend a meeting on Thursday to allow them to review classified information relating to claims the Federal Bureau of Investigation used an informant to gather information on Trump's presidential campaign, the White House said on Tuesday. She did not read off the name of a single Democratic lawmaker. She said no Democrats were invited because they had not requested the information, despite calls from lawmakers for the briefing to be bipartisan.

A source "with knowledge the President's legal strategy" told CNN this afternoon that they want questions "limited to Russian collusion" and about the time period before Trump's election.

The Justice Department said the White House had signed off on its letter, but Nunes wasn't satisfied, and continued to pressure the department. "If they had spies in my campaign, during my campaign for political purposes, that would be unprecedented in the history of our country".

"That would be one of the biggest insults that anyone's ever seen", Mr. Trump said.

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The meeting attendees will be Representatives Devin Nunes, chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, and Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, White House spokesman Sarah Sanders told the daily news briefing. "So, we want to make sure that there weren't".

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has called Trump's claim of an embedded spy "nonsense".

Trump has reportedly considered firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who now oversees Mueller's probe, or firing Mueller.

Trump's lawyers are also thinking about a combination of in-person meetings and written statements for Mueller. "That is illegal if you reveal this kind of information".

CNN previously reported that according to United States officials, a confidential source was not placed inside the Trump campaign to provide information to investigators.

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"And the president's response and Chairman Nunes, [influential OH conservative Rep. Jim] Jordan, and Gowdy and others is", Schiff said, "'Bring it on.

But, asked Tuesday if he had confidence in Rosenstein, the commander-in-chief bristled at the question.

Prof Stefan Halper, 73, has emerged as a key figure in a battle playing out between Donald Trump and his own justice department.

Mueller and the Trump-appointed Rosenstein are registered Republicans, and the special counsel's team is made up of members affiliated with both parties.

Attorney Rudy Giuliani told the New York Times that Mueller intends to wrap up the obstruction investigation by September 1, however, if the special counsel can't interview Trump on obstruction, that may no longer be the case. Doing so would immediately conjure memories of former President Richard M. Nixon's "Saturday Massacre" in which the president asked Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox, leading to a cascade of resignations culminating with Cox's eventual ouster. "It's even worse when the president and his campaign are subject to that investigation".

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