Trump says 'spies' in campaign would be unprecedented

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the 37th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol in Washington U.S

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the 37th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol in Washington U.S

The objective is to review highly classified information the lawmakers have been seeking on the handling of the Russian Federation investigation.

"If they had spies in my campaign, that would be a disgrace to this country, that would be one of the biggest insults that anyone's ever seen, and it would be very illegal", Trump said at the White House. The individuals that are expected to attend are Chairman [Devin] Nunes, Chairman [Trey] Gowdy, FBI Director [Christopher] Wray, DNI [Director of National Intelligence] Director [Dan] Coats, and DOJ official Ed O'Callaghan.

She said no White House staff would be in attendance.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has called Trump's claim of an embedded spy "nonsense". "That the specific intent was to help President Trump win", Nielsen said.

The news channel cites multiple sources familiar with the Trump team's strategy who say the lawyers are seeking to eliminate questions related to Trump's actions after the election, including questions related to his firing of former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyMystery in Mueller probe: Where's the hacking indictment?

Sanders said no White House staffers - including Kelly - will be present at Thursday's meeting. Lee Zeldin of NY and Mark Meadows of North Carolina said Ryan has not committed to bringing their 12-page resolution up for a vote.

Trump and Vice President Pence's re-election campaign alluded to their pressure on the Justice Department in a fundraising email on Monday: "This could be the greatest political scandal in American history", the campaign wrote to supporters.

Trump on Tuesday voiced a sentiment he's expressed on Twitter for the past few days after lending credence to conservative theories that the government spied on his campaign.

On Sunday Trump demanded an investigation following initial reports about the informant, leading the DOJ to direct Inspector General Michael Horowitz to investigate whether agents surveiled the campaign for political purposes, and if they were instructed to do so by the Obama administration.

Earlier on Tuesday, a group of Republican lawmakers called for the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate the probe into Trump's campaign, Russian Federation and the 2016 USA election, as Trump ramped up his own criticism of the Department of Justice.

The White House announced Monday that congressional leaders will also be invited to a meeting organized by chief of staff John Kelly to review the classified information related to the reported intelligence source.

Trump demanded over the weekend that the Justice Department investigate whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation infiltrated his campaign. It's unclear exactly what the members will be allowed to review or if the Justice Department will be providing any documents to Congress. In response, the Justice Department moved to defuse the confrontation by asking its watchdog to investigate whether there was inappropriate surveillance.

The former contractor, from a USA government agency Caputo refrained from naming, had contacted a friend of Caputo's on May 6, 2016, and told him the agency had emails and wanted to get them to the Trump campaign.

"By the time the 16th of May came around, I came to the conclusion that I did not want to take possession of these emails, I thought they might be classified documents, and I urged through the intermediary that the people of the government organization do it through a proper whistleblower process", he said.

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