Trump not backing down on 'spy' allegations

Geraldine Edwards
May 30, 2018

By now we've all learned to dismiss Trump's tweets as just the insane stuff that rolls around his head while he's watching "Fox & Friends", but this is absolutely appalling.

Trump instead referred to those hurt in romantic, generational terms.

Not to damp his enthusiasm or anything, it's also a scandal for which there's no public evidence.

President Trump claims the Federal Bureau of Investigation may have been spying on his campaign after a confidential informant had contact and meetings with Three trump campaign officials.

But the briefings themselves over the source became the latest political confrontation in the Russian Federation investigation after the White House initially only had invited Republicans to the Justice Department briefing on the confidential source.

"He tweeted afterward: "'New Bombshell in the Obama Spying Scandal. But that's the claim, because internal consistency is not a requirement for any conspiracy theory, much less this one. The professor also had coffee once with senior adviser Sam Clovis, during which they discussed China.

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Where did the idea of a campaign "spy" in the Trump campaign originate?

A "lot of people" are saying there were spies in the campaign, per Trump.

Also on Thursday, he once again slammed former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement that "I can not and will not comment on a classified session" and that "I look forward to the prompt completion of the intelligence committee's oversight work in this area".

Giuliani said the president's legal team would wait to see a report out of the briefings before making a decision as to whether Trump would sit for an interview with Mueller's investigators.

In Trump's world, our world now, the only one who wins is Trump. Halper and Clovis reportedly met only once, on September 1, 2016.

President Trump during his meeting with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on May 16. Because the Trump campaign met with Russian intelligence officials offering campaign assistance, implicit in that investigation is an inquiry into whether the Trump campaign invited foreign interference and agreed to accept or facilitate it.

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Meadows proceeded to outline why the informant's intel was not used to inform the Trump campaign of the potential Russian meddling, as opposed to be used to open an FBI investigation after the fact.

When Kiriakou recalled reports that Halper was placed in the Trump camp to determine whether Russians were interfering with Trump's campaign without the candidate's knowledge, Lazare was skeptical. Nor is there any evidence he was ever spying on the campaign. It's part of the glue that holds our democratic republic together. Can you say what specific documents the lawmakers will be allowed to see? If a meeting takes place, Schumer said, it should include a broader bipartisan group of lawmakers.

"The parallelism between what the Trump campaign was doing and saying and what the Russians were doing and saying was remarkably parallel, particularly when it came to attacks on Hillary Clinton, all her alleged physical and mental maladies, and there was nearly an echo chamber between the two", Clapper told CNN's Dana Bash.

An investigation by special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald into the disclosure of onetime Central Intelligence Agency operative Valerie Plame shook the George W. Bush White House. Trump and his allies have sought to cast that as inappropriate political spying. He's never been terribly anxious about backing up his assertions with facts; his claims about seeing Muslims in New Jersey celebrating the 9/11 attacks come to mind.

So now it's Spygate.

The unusual meeting had become highly politicized in recent days as President Donald Trump, a possible subject of the probe, ratcheted up attacks against the investigation, the Justice Department and the FBI. They tapped my phones!

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