Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Trump seethes over Russia probe, calls for end to ‘SPYGATE’

Trump seethes over Russia probe, calls for end to ‘SPYGATE’

A writer for the conservative media website The Federalist told Carlson that "everyone knows there was a Spy" in Trump's 2016 campaign.

If the administration can not function, the burden of this constantly shifting investigation will give rise to a narrative that any failure was due to the Mueller diversion - that the Trump administration was stabbed in the back.

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 U.S. by calling him a "rotten apple" and celebrating the fact that he got fired.

"Trump responded, I would certainly hope not, but I think it' going to be pretty obvious after a while".

We are told that Mr. Trump can not be allowed to have any say over the Justice Department's actions, since this might make him privy to sensitive details about an investigation into himself. It's a waste of $20 million of the taxpayers' money.

The Democrats say the GOP-only meeting is inappropriate for any investigation, "much less one involving the president".

Two House lawmakers - Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy - were invited to attend both briefings, as were Kelly, Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray and National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, according to the Justice Department.

"What motivated putting him in?" What sort of information were they seeking from him? "Then we find out it was used to get a wiretap warrant for Carter Page". And why did they hide it for so long?

"The president personally wanted Emmet there [Thursday]", Giuliani said. Initially offered only to Republicans, the briefings were the latest piece of stagecraft meant to publicize and bolster the allegations.

Nadler also requested a briefing on the steps that the US government has taken to ensure the safety of the Federal Bureau of Investigation source and other intelligence assets.

The meeting scheduled for Thursday was encouraged by Trump and brokered by the White House.

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Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, said "there's never been a Gang of 8 meeting with a White House presence".

"He's not the subject or target of that investigation".

The former NY mayor said he was handling much of the public-facing role for Trump's legal team, while Jane and Martin Raskin - two new Florida lawyers on the team - are reviewing facts and interacting with Mueller's office. "Moreover, I assume President Obama knew about it".

Trump ran with the quote, using it to bolster his argument he was spied on by the Obama administration. According to a USA official familiar with the meeting, the briefers did not reveal the name of an informant.

The FBI has, until now, resisted turning over the documents for fear of revealing confidential sources and methods. The person declined to be identified because the briefing was classified.

Trump has been railing against the informant for days, dubbing the incident "Spygate" and saying it "could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!"

It remains unclear what, if any, spying was done.

Intelligence leaders will brief both Republicans and Democrats on the Russian Federation investigation as President Donald Trump and his allies are pressing for information on reports that a government informant talked to members of Trump's 2016 campaign.

Trump's firing of Comey has spawned an investigation into whether he obstructed justice by removing the head of the FBI as it investigated his campaign.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani reversed course on the advice he was giving to President Trump about whether to honor the request from special counsel Robert Mueller to answer questions for his investigation into Russian interference.

Thursday morning, with less than three weeks to go before the highly anticipated meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the White House released a Trump-penned letter to Kim canceling the Singapore event, citing Pyongyang's "tremendous anger and open hostility".

White House: North Korea 'stood us up'
Mr Kim might well take offence at the hard-nosed U.S. approach after he released American detainees and destroyed a nuclear site. It is insistent it will not engage in any peace process that jeopardises its leadership or its survival as a state.

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