Trump continues to seethe about the Federal Bureau of Investigation informant

Trump continues to seethe about the Federal Bureau of Investigation informant

Trump continues to seethe about the Federal Bureau of Investigation informant

The former NY mayor is seeking a readout of the classified information Justice Department officials shared with lawmakers on Thursday about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russian meddling.

Donald Trump has accused Special Counsel Robert Mueller of "collusion" with Democrats, saying the continuation of his Russian Federation investigation amounts to Mueller "meddling" with the midterm elections.

Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump's attorneys, told the Associated Press on Friday that the White House hopes to receive a handout of the information next week, specifically in relation to a government informant who reportedly approached members of the Trump campaign in a possible attempt to gather intelligence on Russia's efforts to influence the election.

"[The spying] was happening before the FBI opened an investigation [into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia], we know that from nonclassified sources", he said.

Giuliani adds the White House may urge the Justice Department "to re-evaluate" the investigation. And he's still got two and a half years to go.

The Trump administration officials met at noon at the Justice Department with Nunes, House Speaker Paul Ryan, South Carolina GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy and Schiff.

The back and forth between Congress and the Justice Department has simmered for weeks.

The informant, an American academic working in the United Kingdom, offered Papadopoulos $3,000 to write a research paper on a disputed gas field in the eastern Mediterranean and come to London to discuss it, then asked him over drinks at a high-end hotel what he knew about Russian involvement in the hacked Democratic National Committee emails, according to the Times. But the tweet had enough heft on its own to shape the lives of transgender servicemembers or would-be recruits in the month between when the president hit "send" on Twitter and when the White House issued a memorandum to the Defense Department.

The president has suggested otherwise in a storm of tweets, including one on Thursday proclaiming that "SPYGATE could be one of the biggest scandals in history!"

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Meanwhile, House Intelligence Committee ranking Democrat Adam Schiff, who attended both briefings, was blunt about the meetings.

"With Spies, or "Informants" as the Democrats like to call them because it sounds less sinister (but it's not), all over my campaign, even from a very early date, why didn't the crooked highest levels of the Federal Bureau of Investigation or "Justice" contact me to tell me of the phony Russian Federation problem?"

The argument that Halper was a spy planted in Trump's campaign, though, early on suffers from two significant flaws. But to see reporters- a lot of whom I've know and am friends with and have known for a very long time- they're lying about this.

The action then shifted to the US Capitol where Federal Bureau of Investigation director Chris Wray, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who oversees the Russian Federation investigation, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats helped brief the so-called Gang of Eight.

Amid those reports, the White House arranged the classified briefing Thursday for two Republican House members who had pressed for information on the outside informant.

Nunes and Gowdy had been requesting secret information from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for months about the Russian Federation investigation, and he had resisted. Three former Trump aides have pleaded guilty and are cooperating with the investigation.

The department originally rejected Nunes' appeal, writing in a letter in late April that his request for information "regarding a specific individual" could have severe consequences, including potential loss of human life.

Meadows, however, cast doubt on the normality of the informant's alleged role in the Trump campaign. The White House provided no evidence to support Trump's claim that President Barack Obama's administration was trying to spy on his 2016 campaign for political reasons.

That was untrue. White House attorney Emmett Flood attended the meeting with Nunes.

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