Trump says spy infiltrated his campaign; lawyer casts doubt

Hugh Fox
May 29, 2018

The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee called Thursday for the Justice Department to investigate who leaked the existence of the informant, saying he's concerned it might be a member of Congress.

"Really from the beginning of his presidency, President Trump has not observed the time-honored norm that's been in place at least since Watergate that there should be a real division between the Department of Justice and the White House", said Yates, who was sacked by Trump in January 2017 for refusing to defend the administration's travel ban.

What happened: We learned last week that Trump's lawyers and Mueller's team had set a date and discussed logistics for Trump's high-stakes interview with investigators.

The White House statement says the officials communicated the "president's desire for as much openness as possible under the law" and "conveyed the president's understanding of the need to protect human intelligence services and the importance of communication between the branches of government".

But Democrats slammed the fact that Flood was there at all.

House Intelligence Committee ranking Democrat Adam Schiff, Calif., said in a statement that Flood's "involvement - in any capacity - was entirely improper, and I made this clear to him". Those individuals left before the substance of it.

The president intensified his attacks on the probe this week, calling it "spygate" and tweeting Thursday that it was "Starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in USA history". If he doesn't agree, will Mueller seek a subpoena for Trump's testimony?

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Trump and his supporters have cast the apparent informant as a mole possibly sent by the Obama administration to burrow into his campaign.

Asked whether he thought the investigation is legitimate, Giuliani said "not anymore".

But Republican critics of the Justice Department and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein remain deeply pessimistic that the Justice Department will divulge anything on Thursday. But it seems that even before he became president, people around the world knew that Donald Trump was a man who could be bought.

What appears to be happening here is that Trump has seized on an unfounded rumor circulating among conservative media types and the likes of House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes, R-California, about the allegedly nefarious motives of the confidential source used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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. But Nunes isn't even bothering to pretend like the request has a legitimate goal.

Rep. Mark Meadows said Sunday there's "no question" there was a "spy" collecting information during the 2016 Trump presidential campaign, and the real question is when the intelligence-gathering began.

A second classified briefing for Republican and Democratic lawmakers on the Russian Federation investigation has concluded on Capitol Hill.

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Democrats demanded to receive the same briefing.

That was untrue. White House attorney Emmett Flood attended the meeting with Nunes. Initially offered only to Republicans, the briefings were the latest piece of stagecraft meant to publicize and bolster the allegations.

Also attending the meeting were FBI Director Christopher Wray, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Edward O'Callaghan, a top Justice Department Official.

Kelly is expected to go to the Justice Department to lay the groundwork of what the goal is of the meeting and to make sure there is some sort of resolution so that the members are satisfied.

Nunes and Schiff were seen heading into both meetings.

And Trump's lawyers may take the information to the Justice Department as part of an effort to scuttle the ongoing special counsel probe. They did nothing. They were anxious that Trump refused to divest himself of his businesses or release his tax returns or health information.

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