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Lawmakers have been briefed on FBI’s informant in Russian Federation inquiry

Lawmakers have been briefed on FBI’s informant in Russian Federation inquiry

A legal scholar says the U.S. Justice Department needs to conduct a thorough investigation into growing evidence the FBI used the power of the federal government for political purposes to target an opposition presidential campaign. Democrats say that the entire episode - including the president's involvement - is the latest gambit by Nunes and Trump to undermine the special counsel, Robert Mueller and gain information about his inquiry.

In a series of morning tweets, and later speaking to reporters, Trump assailed what he called "spygate", claiming that it could become "one of the biggest political scandals in history!" Administration officials responded by agreeing to hold two separate meetings Thursday: one for Nunes and the Justice Department, and another for the bipartisan group of senators Thursday afternoon.

A congressional source familiar with the meeting said that while present, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a staunch Trump defender, did not speak at all, and that other Republicans present did not aggressively push or defend Trump's spying allegations.

It was unclear how much information was given to lawmakers.

But after outcry from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the panel's top Democrat Adam Schiff was allowed to attend.

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said, "Never seen a Gang of Eight meeting that included any presence from the White House".

We have strong institutions in this country. A White House lawyer, Emmet Flood, and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly showed up for both briefings, although the White House had earlier said it would keep a distance, drawing criticism from Democrats. Ryan said in a statement afterward that the Intelligence Committee was "now getting the cooperation necessary" to complete their work. "They're going to endure any kind of test".

Here is why the Trump administration believes they have finally got the deep state blocked in with the latest findings: the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ must have known that there was zero evidence of Russian collusion since their mole (or moles) would have revealed that information long ago.

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It remained unclear what, if any, spying was done. In addition, we know that several Trump campaign aides were in contact with Russian operatives - as well as Wikileaks - about potentially stolen e-mails from Hillary Clinton.

The FBI source, a longtime Republican and former University of Cambridge professor Stefan A. Halper, had contact with at least three advisers to Trump during the campaign.

The president is turning the tables on the Mueller investigation.

"Meanwhile, the Associated Press revealed this week that the president recently told a confidante that he wanted "'to brand" the informant a "spy, ' believing the more nefarious term would resonate more in the media and with the public'". His reason, of course, may not be just to defend Trump but to defend the rule of law and our democracy.

The back and forth between Congress and the Justice Department over the Nunes request - one of many over the course of the Russian Federation investigation - has simmered for weeks.

The Justice Department had rejected Nunes' original request, writing in a letter in April that his request for information could put lives in danger.

Trump's "spy" comments marked his latest attack on the FBI at a time when he feels mounting pressure from the ongoing investigation by Mueller, appointed past year by the Justice Department, into potential collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russian Federation and whether he has committed obstruction of justice.


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