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Congressional leaders get briefings on Russian Federation probe

28 May 2018

Listening to Trump drone on repeatedly that Mueller's investigation of Russia's efforts to discredit democracy is a "witch hunt", the biggest in history - forget Salem, millions of Americans tell pollsters the "witch hunt" in Washington must end. "I don't. I did when I came in".

The Justice Department plans to hold two classified briefings with select lawmakers Thursday addressing reports that a government informant - from outside the campaign - contacted Trump campaign aides in 2016.

What we have here is something very scary.

Giuliani has taken those claims further, arguing in an interview with the Associated Press on Friday that what's Trump dubbed "SPYGATE" might make Mueller's investigation illegitimate.

He says if that was inappropriate, special counsel Robert Mueller's entire probe may be "illegitimate". Many think that this is another part of Trump's public relations war on the Justice Department for continuing the Russian Federation investigation and his deeply felt conviction that he is above the law.

Nunes has said the request relates to classified information relevant to his ongoing investigation into allegations of political bias at the Justice Department related to the Russian Federation investigation, but it was unclear to both Republicans and Democrats Thursday what information the group will learn about the alleged informant. Trying to placate Trump and keep his job, Rosenstein turned the FBI's handling of the Russian Federation investigation over to an inspector general to probe. Giuliani said the president's legal team would wait until seeing a report on the substance of information with lawmakers, shared in two separate meetings.

In a sudden change of tone, Trump ended his a.m. tweetstorm by expressing hope that North Korean negotiations will eventually lead to "long and enduring prosperity and peace" despite scuttling the summit. What he did was to pursue contacts with Trump foreign policy advisers George Papadopolous (who has subsequently pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about his Russian Federation contacts) and Carter Page (who had been on the FBI's radar for his Russian Federation contacts long before the Trump campaign began) and with former campaign co-chairman Sam Clovis (who said his meeting with Halper was like a chat between professors in a faculty lounge and centered on China, not Russia).

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Giuliani also said that learning about the confidential source is a prerequisite for any special counsel interview with the President. The "Gang of Eight" includes the top Republicans and Democrats in each chamber and the top Republicans and Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committees.

The meetings are the result of a subpoena Nunes issued earlier this month demanding classified documents related to the source, a request the Justice Department denied over national security concerns. "I look forward to the prompt completion of the intelligence committee's oversight work in this area now that they are getting the cooperation necessary for them to complete their work while protecting sources and methods".

Risky time when our country is led by those who will lie about anything, backed by those who will believe anything, based on information from media sources that will say anything. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr will also attend, along with the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence panel, Sen. The second person also declined to be named because the meeting was classified.

Democratic lawmakers declined to comment on the substance of the briefing, but gave a joint statement afterward saying their view had not changed that "there is no evidence to support any allegation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any intelligence agency placed a "spy" in the Trump Campaign, or otherwise failed to follow appropriate procedures and protocols".

House Intelligence Committee ranking Democrat Adam Schiff, Calif., said in a statement that Flood's "involvement - in any capacity - was entirely improper, and I made this clear to him".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told NPR after the meeting that he still supports the Mueller investigation and another one by the Justice Department's inspector general into FBI actions during the election.

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Congressional leaders get briefings on Russian Federation probe