Even as he reached a critical moment in his diplomatic efforts with North Korea and celebrated the release of a prisoner from Venezuela, President Donald Trump spent much of Memorial Day weekend tweeting angrily from the White House about the media and the Russian Federation investigation, continuing his strategy of trying to delegitimize the probe that has consumed him since his election.
In recent days, he zeroed in on reports that a longtime USA government informant approached three members of his campaign in a bid to gather intelligence on Russian efforts to sway the election.
At this point, Trump has earned the presumption that everything he says on the topic of the Russian Federation investigation is offered in bad faith and is nearly certainly false, until proved otherwise.
Confirming the existence of a "confidential human source", House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said the intelligence gathering on individuals connected to the Trump campaign started before the official FBI investigation, which begs some questions about who directed it.
The briefings were convened to allow the lawmakers to review classified information relating to Trump's unsubstantiated allegation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation under Democratic former President Barack Obama's administration "implanted" a spy for "political purposes" into his 2016 presidential campaign to help Clinton.
While Yates would not comment on the allegations of spying, deferring comment on the investigation to the Justice Department and FBI, she said she was confident the investigation would bear out the truth. What sort of information were they seeking from him? Nunes also attended the meeting on Thursday.
He would "demand" a Justice Department investigation into whether the department and the FBI "infiltrated or surveilled" his 2016 presidential campaign for political purposes, he tweeted.
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The soldiers also place about 14,000 flags at the Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. More than 250 flags will be raised, with a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps following the raising ceremony.
The two House lawmakers - Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy - will attend both briefings, as will Kelly, Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray and National Intelligence Director Dan Coats.
The FBI at the time was investigating whether anyone in Trump's campaign worked with Russian Federation to help tip the election in Trump's favour.
The "Gang of 8" includes the Republican and Democratic leaders from the House and Senate as well as the respective party leaders from the House and Senate intelligence committees.
US President Donald Trump speaks after signing the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 24, 2018.
But the fact that this is what Trump does shouldn't distract us from the allegations here: Donald Trump is saying his predecessor as president used the leading law enforcement entity in the country to spy on him because Obama/the "deep state" didn't want someone as unconventional as Trump to be president.
Suggesting that the probe was launched on the backs of inappropriately obtained information was Giuliani's latest effort to discredit the investigation by painting it as a purely political event.
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. He was a senior official who briefed reporters Thursday in a session set up by the White House press office, which set ground rules requiring that reporters not use his name. Giuliani asked Friday. "They clearly did not get incriminating information or we'd have found out about it by now". Trump has routinely broken norms about how the White House interacts with the Justice Department, which is supposed to have a degree of independence. The Justice Department hasn't said what information will be shared with lawmakers and Kelly about the informant. And the White House said Kelly would organize the meeting with House lawmakers to discuss the documents, although he and other White House staffers would not be present.
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