DoJ agrees to expand election inquiry after Trump meeting, White House says

Lester Mason
May 22, 2018

Spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said the sit-down, which also will include White House chief of staff John Kelly, had been scheduled last week, and will focus on the response to congressional requests on a range of topics.

But the statement - vague enough to allow each side to claim victory - did not fully settle the critical issue: whether the Justice Department would ultimately be forced to turn over the documents subpoenaed by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes on the Federal Bureau of Investigation source.

"The principle here that the American people have a right to know what happened, the people's Congress ought to have the ability to review those materials in a timely way, is a principle we adhere to in this White House", Pence said.

The remarkable thing is that, usually, when the Justice Department is trying to protect the prerogatives of the executive branch, it has the support of the president.

Fox News has learned the 12-page resolution will ask a second special counsel to probe matters related to three topics: The ending of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's personal email server, the progress of the Trump-Russia investigation from its origins through the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel, and abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) during the warrant application process.

Contrary to claims from Trump and his allies, there's no substantial evidence the informant infiltrated Trump's campaign to spy. The Daily Caller first reported on some of his contacts with members of the Trump campaign.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Reuters file
Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Reuters file

The department also agreed to ask its official watchdog to look into "any irregularities" in its investigation of Trump's campaign, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

The Justice Department would never, under any circumstances, turn over information about an informant in an ongoing criminal investigation to the Congress. Justice Department leaders have fought vigorously against turning over to Congress materials on the FBI's source. "So I don't know what they're fighting about", he said. The panel didn't publicize the subpoena, but the Justice Department released a letter it sent to Nunes rejecting the request for information "regarding a specific individual".

The demand sparked fears of a direct clash with top Justice officials. Schiff and other committee Democrats were furious and argued that Republicans had not subpoenaed many witnessed they considered essential to the committee's work.

Trump and his supporters say the stories amount to suggestions that President Barack Obama's administration improperly spied on the Trump campaign. It was not clear whether they had backed down from their position and would now allow GOP leaders to look at or keep the documents, or whether there would simply be a follow-up meeting for more discussion.

In recent weeks, Trump has stepped up his attacks on the Russian Federation investigation, aiming to erode trust in Mueller's integrity in the event the probe takes aim at the president himself.

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