Trump demands 'total transparency' from Justice Department about FBI informant

26 May, 2018, 02:47 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • ASSOCIATED PRESS           President Donald Trump talked to visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in as he departed the White House in Washington on Tuesday

"It's time to admit the Russian Federation investigation was illegitimate from the start".

TRUMP tweet: "Clapper has now admitted that there was Spying in my campaign".

A solid plurality of this contingent continue to avert their eyes from the facts and dismiss the claims of misconduct as peddled by tinfoil-hat conspiracy theorists. "I don't know where he's getting that from, honestly", Comey said.

"I've never seen a Gang of Eight meeting that included any presence from the White House", Warner told reporters, clarifying that the individuals left before classified substance was discussed.

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 previous year by the Justice Department, into potential collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russian Federation and whether he has committed obstruction of justice.

Expected attendees are FBI Director Christopher Wray, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, Justice Department official Edward O'Callaghan, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy.

In an interview with Reuters, Comey also said he would be leery of the Federal Bureau of Investigation trying to track propaganda in the United States, let alone take action against it, while acknowledging that it was a major problem for the US political system.




Democrats emerged from the meetings saying they saw no evidence to support Republican allegations that the Federal Bureau of Investigation acted inappropriately, although they did express grave concern about the presence of a White House lawyer at Thursday's briefings.

Former FBI Director James Comey is defending the FBI's use of a secret informant in the Russian Federation investigation, saying the practice is "tightly regulated and essential to protecting the country". I don't understand that in the specific case of Stefan Halper, whose "spy work" seems to have involved little more than schmoozing ancillary members of Trump's campaign, but I understand it in the broader context.

President Trump also quoted Judge Andrew Napolitano, who said it's clear that the government had eyes and ears all over the Trump campaign.

The proposal for an interview to last about four to five hours shows how the long-running discussions have moved in fits and starts over the past months as the Trump legal team pushes for an end to the investigation.

The use of the confidential source has been at the fore of Trump and conservative lawmakers' long-running feud with the Justice Department and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Trump's campaign coordinated with Russian Federation during the campaign.

In an interview with the BBC set to air on Wednesday night, Trump's former White House political strategist Steve Bannon predicts that deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein could be fired by by the USA president "very shortly". That group includes the top Republicans and Democrats in each chamber and the top Republicans and Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committees.

Trump escalated his efforts to discredit that investigation Wednesday, tweeting: "Look how things have turned around on the Criminal Deep State". Former federal prosecutor Daniel Goldman was on MSNBC Wednesday morning to explain the difference between a spy and someone who just gives information to the authorities. This is exactly why the Mueller investigation itself had to be conducted.

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