Democrats Won't Get Data on Trump Campaign Intel Source

Doris Richards
May 23, 2018

A day earlier, Trump demanded the Justice Department investigate the FBI for allegedly planting an informant in his campaign, and his lawyer pressed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to speed up the probe to avoid it affecting November's mid-term elections.

"If they had spies in my campaign, that would be a disgrace to this country".

The announcement came after President Trump met with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

"A lot of people are saying they had spies in my campaign", Trump told reporters during a meeting in the Oval Office with visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

In the summer and fall of 2016, the source, Stefan A. Halper, then an emeritus professor at the University of Cambridge, contacted three Trump advisers for meetings and talks that largely centered on foreign policy, The Washington Post reported last week.

Sanders said that no Democrats were attending the meeting because they did not ask to attend.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told NPR on Tuesday there is a critical distinction between an investigation like the one the FBI reportedly conducted in 2016 and "spying" or "surveillance" and some other terms used lately.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump chief of staff John Kelly will broker the meeting between congressional leaders and the FBI, Justice Department and office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Rudy Giuliani, the president's lawyer, said in an interview Sunday that Trump wanted the materials handed over to Congress, though he conceded that the Justice Department "may want to put some strictures on it, like it has to be confidential or they don't give the name but they give the information".

Democrats have raised objections to that meeting as well - demanding to be included and questioning whether Trump and Kelly would be allowed to review classified information about the Mueller investigation that include the identify of any informant.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during his weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center May 10, 2018 in Washington, DC.

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on Tuesday slammed Donald Trump's "perverse" attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, noting the president is blatantly interfering in a probe of which he's the subject.

"We need Speaker Ryan to put this resolution on the floor so that the full House of Representatives can answer the question about the legitimacy and the need for a second special counsel to investigate what I perceive to be serious crimes and improprieties of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice", Gaetz said.

The House intelligence committee, Nunes, and other lawmakers threatened Rosenstein with contempt of Congress or, potentially, impeachment.

The president's allies say they want to know for sure and have been demanding information about the Russian Federation investigation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the effort led by special counsel Robert Mueller. "He's a subject of this investigation, so the idea that he is doing this is really outrageous and you can see the FBI and the Justice Department trying to accommodate him but in a way that somehow preserves the's unclear to me whether they'll be able to thread that needle". Comey later testified to Congress that internal reviews found no information to support the president's tweets.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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