Trump fumes over FBI's use of informant during campaign

Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has agreed that the Justice Department and the FBI will meet with members of Congress who want secret information about the Russia probe

Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has agreed that the Justice Department and the FBI will meet with members of Congress who want secret information about the Russia probe

Two House Republican leaders - and no Democrats - will meet with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on Thursday to discuss records the lawmakers have demanded related to the Russian Federation investigation.

At least 18 Republican lawmakers signed onto a resolution calling on U.S. Attorney-General Jeff Sessions to appoint a special counsel to investigate the department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, accusing them of misconduct as Mr. Trump campaigned two years ago against Ms. Clinton.

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.

Whenever the probe concludes, Trump could "have a base of political support that's already been persuaded to view the Mueller investigation with suspicion", says Bies. Trump personally called to confer with the officials, two people familiar with the request said, though White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the meeting was put on the books last week. She said the officials will "review highly classified and other information they have requested", but did not provide additional detail.

"If they had spies in my campaign. for political purposes, that would be unprecedented", President Trump said during an Oval Office meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in Tuesday, calling it a "disgrace".

Comey's firing and Flynn's hasty departure - he only served 24 days in the job and quit after reports surfaced that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of his communications with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the USA - led to questions about whether Trump hampered the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election. Hence his angry incomprehension when Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation, which led to Rosenstein's appointment of Mueller.

For a while, Rosenstein took a tough line, vowing that DOJ wouldn't be "extorted," but the battlefield shifted after the reports about the confidential informant. The team would then submit written answers to questions related to obstruction of justice.

At the same time, some former Justice Department and intelligence officials say there's not only so far no evidence of a scandal but that Trump is overstepping the bounds that should constrain presidential interference in an ongoing investigation. And I'm looking for clearance from my attorney to reveal this to the public. Although Kelly is setting up the meeting, he is not attending.

But little stood in Trump's way Monday when he pressured intelligence and law enforcement officials in a White House meeting.

"The only thing more outrageous than this meeting occurring at all is the fact that it's now partisan", Schumer said. "The Justice Department is independent and serves the American people", Senator Dianne Feinstein said on Twitter Sunday.

Nunes declined to address Schiff's claims, telling reporters they could get information from him by watching when he is interviewed on the Sunday morning news shows.

Since Hoover's death, the FBI has enacted several reforms including 10-year term limits on its director and new rules about domestic investigations intended in part to insulate the agency from politics. Richard Blumenthal, said the legal and political complexities in Washington, D.C., missed the point: US law enforcement and intelligence agencies must be able to protect their clandestine sources and operatives, he said. But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, on Monday called for any meeting on documents related to the confidential source to be bipartisan.

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