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Republicans to meet with intel officials on Russia probe

Republicans to meet with intel officials on Russia probe

The White House said in a statement that neither Flood nor Kelly "actually attended the meetings but did make brief remarks before the meetings started to relay the President's desire for as much openness as possible under the law".

"They also conveyed the President's understanding of the need to protect human intelligence services and the importance of communication between the branches of government".

After the meetings, which included Justice Department, FBI officials, congressional leaders from both parties and Democratic and Republican leaders of the intelligence committees, Democrats said they saw no evidence to support Republican allegations that the FBI acted inappropriately. Those individuals left before the substance of it. That group includes Schiff, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senator Mark Warner, vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Page also noted that Halper had contacted him in early July 2016, weeks before the FBI says the investigation was officially opened.

Donald Trump's relentless attacks launched against Robert Mueller (e.g., "phony collusion", "witch hunt") have apparently diverted the public's attention from the achievements of the Special Counsel.

Rather than push back and defend the rule of law, Justice tried to mollify the president by at least appearing to give him what he wants.

The president aggressively shot back at critics who have slammed his decision to cancel the planned North Korea summit, as well as his use of the term "animals" when referring to violent gangs entering the US illegally, a term the White House has consistently defended.

He defended Flood's attendance at the briefings Thursday.

Democrats have raised questions about the appropriateness of any White House involvement, concerned that it would further politicize what is supposed to be an independent probe. "Maybe it would be for me, or Jay [Sekulow] but not the person representing the President inside the White House", he said.

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If the Justice Department judges some information to be too sensitive to release, it shouldn't change its opinion simply because the president applies pressure.

After Nunes threatened to move to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt of Congress over the refusal, the Justice Department invited Nunes and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy to DOJ for a briefing on the documents. "I support both of them, and I don't really have anything to add to this subject based upon the Gang of Eight briefing that we had today, which was classified".

In a statement, House Speaker Paul Ryan wouldn't say what he learned, but said he looked forward to the "prompt completion" of the House Intelligence Committee's work now that they are "getting the cooperation necessary".

Asked about one of Trump's tweets referring to the use of the informant as "Spygate" and claiming that it may be "one of the biggest political scandals in us history", Haines said: "Surely, you realize that I think that's ridiculous".

The Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation held two classified meetings with leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives and the heads of the chambers' intelligence panels, after the president demanded a probe into allegations of infiltration into his team, a potential scandal Trump has branded "SPYGATE".

Date pointed out in his piece, Mr. Trump had begun getting USA intelligence briefings in mid-August 2016, and through them would have known that analysts believed Russian Federation was behind the theft of e-mails from the Democratic National Committee and used WikiLeaks as a beard to release them.

The action then shifted to the US Capitol where Federal Bureau of Investigation director Chris Wray, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who oversees the Russian Federation investigation, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats helped brief the so-called Gang of Eight.

Late Wednesday night, those involved agreed on a briefing for Nunes and Gowdy, and then a briefing for the Gang of Eight immediately after. The investigation was opened after the hacking of Democratic emails that intelligence officials later formally attributed to Russian Federation.


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