Ryan Says Republicans Are Getting What They Need on FBI Informant

Ryan Says Republicans Are Getting What They Need on FBI Informant

U.S. President Donald Trump has branded his latest attempt to discredit the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation as "spygate", part of a newly invigorated strategy embraced by his Republican colleagues to raise suspicions about the probe that has dogged his presidency since the start.

There's no telling what kind of information was actually discussed in those meetings, but we do know that Democrat, Adam Schiff, the only Democrat allowed to go to that meeting, did come out and say there was absolutely nothing to confirm Trump's claims that there was a spy within his campaign.

President Trump is saying things have turned around on the criminal deep state. He's overseeing the special counsel's investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 campaign.

He caused shock waves earlier this month when he said on Fox News the president reimbursed his private attorney Michael Cohen for the $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels. I hope - I mean, if you look at Clapper, he sort of admitted that they had spies in the campaign, yesterday, inadvertently.

In a statement, Ryan later thanked the Justice Department for arranging the briefing but declined to elaborate, saying "I can not and will not comment on a classified session". He said that such spying would be "illegal, and a scandal to boot!" Over the weekend, Trump demanded that the Justice Department investigate the FBI and Justice Department's handling of the Russian Federation probe.

Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Emmet Flood, was spotted on camera leaving a highly classified meeting between lawmakers and members of the Department of Justice to analyze the evidence about whether or not a spy was placed inside the Trump campaign. For example, it is known the Federal Bureau of Investigation had links to Christopher Steele, the ex-British intelligence agent who compiled the infamous "Trump dossier" claiming - without any independent proof - that Trump had engaged in questionable behavior during a trip to Moscow. The president has said that, if true, this would be "the all-time biggest political scandal" and "bigger than Watergate!"

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

"When they look at the documents, I think people are going to see a lot of bad things happened", Trump said.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray and National Intelligence Director Dan Coats attended both meetings - the first at the Department of Justice and the second on Capitol Hill. "They're the same briefing", he said.

"For the President of the United States to pressure the Justice Department to reveal details and documents pertaining to an active investigation of the President's campaign, for the objective of denigrating it, is a gross and unprecedented abuse of power", Schumer said in a tweet.

Former FBI director James Comey, whom Trump fired a year ago, also weighed in on the controversy Wednesday, chastising both the president and GOP lawmakers.

"Facts matter", the former G-man wrote sanctimoniously.

The FBI has, until now, resisted turning over the documents for fear of revealing confidential sources and methods. But NPR and other news outlets have identified him as Stefan Halper, a retired professor who served in several Republican presidential administrations.

Nunes, an ardent Trump supporter, has been demanding information on an FBI source in the Russian Federation investigation, according to the Justice Department.

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