Dem, GOP leaders to get classified briefings on Russia probe

April FrancisMay 26, 2018

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is looking into Russian interference in the election, any collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, possible obstruction of justice and whatever associated criminal activity might be uncovered.

"You know, this has really taken the assault on the rule of law to a new level", Yates told David Axelrod in a televised episode of "The Axe Files", airing Saturday at 7 pm ET.

Or, as Trump calls the source, "spy".

"This is a very unsafe game - Trump is undercutting a lot of norms of presidential behavior here", Christopher Galdieri, assistant professor at Saint Anselm College, told Xinhua.

On Friday, Trump tweeted, "The Democrats are now alluding to the concept that having an Informant placed in an opposing party's campaign is different than having a Spy, as illegal as that may be".

In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on "The Lead", Clapper responded to Trump's accusations: "That is a distortion of what I said, in fact I had an aversion to the use of the term".

Tucker Carlson on Thursday challenged former Hillary Clinton adviser Richard Goodstein on the "insane" claim that Russians not only affected the outcome of the 2016 election, but they decided it.

West said that by calling for an investigation of the FBI, Trump is endangering democratic norms and "setting the precedent that chief executives can investigate the investigators". But, they were not the only people in the those meetings.

Trump Tower transcripts released
It was so useless , he said, that he emailed an assistant and asked to be called on his cell phone to give him an excuse to leave. Trump Jr. said he didn't tell his father about the email due his skepticism about the potential value of the meeting.

On Sunday, via Twitter, Trump demanded that the Justice Department concoct a transparently political investigation, with the aim of smearing veteran professionals at Justice and the FBI and also throwing mud at the previous administration.

House and Senate lawmakers from both parties were meeting with top intelligence officials Thursday for classified briefings as President Donald Trump has raised new suspicions about the federal investigation into his 2016 campaign.

'I hope there weren't frankly, ' he said. "You have to have transparency". "They're the same briefing", he said. "I don't know where he's getting that from, honestly", Comey said.

Schiff, who made the statement on behalf of the Democrats in the meeting - including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi - wouldn't answer any questions or divulge any other information from the meeting, except to say that there was nothing said that indicated wrongdoing. The California Democrat said she had directed Schiff to attend in her place so as to make sure "henchmen of the president" do not interfere with the investigation.

White House involvement in an investigation Justice Department investigation is rare.

President Donald Trump responded to former FBI Director James Comey's tweet saying Trump's attacks on the FBI will do "lasting damage" to the United States by calling him a "rotten apple" and celebrating the fact that he got fired.

Trump said Tuesday it would be a "disgrace" to the country if it's shown that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had spies in his campaign, and that would "make probably every political event ever look like small potatoes". Fox News' Brian Kilmeade asked Trump about this, noting Comey's tweet asking, "How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?"

Speaking to reporters later, Trump sought to discredit Comey, calling him a liar and saying he could be in trouble once a review of the FBI's handling of the Russian Federation probe is completed by the inspector general of the Justice Department. "We have strong institutions in this country".

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