The FBI and Justice Department on Thursday held a pair of high-level briefings for lawmakers in an effort to ease Republican pressure over the Russian Federation investigation, amid Trump's outcry over revelations that a confidential informant made contact with several of his advisers during the 2016 campaign.
President Donald Trump's legal team may take what they learn to the Justice Department in hopes of stymieing the ongoing special counsel probe.
In recent days, Trump has been zeroing in on and sometimes embellishing reports that a longtime USA government informant approached members of his campaign during the presidential election in a possible bid to glean intelligence on Russian efforts to sway the election.
The Justice Department plans to hold two classified briefings with select lawmakers Thursday addressing reports that a government informant - from outside the campaign - contacted Trump campaign aides in 2016. And Trump took up the cause as the White House tries to combat the threat posed by Mueller's investigation.
"[The spying] was happening before the FBI opened an investigation [into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia], we know that from nonclassified sources", he said. They did nothing. They were anxious that Trump refused to divest himself of his businesses or release his tax returns or health information.
Soon it was made public that Schiff would be allowed to attend the first briefing - meaning both gatherings would be bipartisan. 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.
"SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!"
The intelligence grouping consists of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Pelosi, Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr, top intelligence Democrat Mark Warner, Nunes and Schiff.
President Trump's chief of staff, John Kelly, arrives for a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday.
Giuliani also said that learning about the confidential source is a prerequisite for any special counsel interview with the President.
He called the use of this informant a "fairly benign form of information gathering, which doesn't involve any clandestine tradecraft, so it hardly qualifies as a spy".
Following the revelation of an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant in contact with Trump campaign advisers, the president has stepped up criticism of several ex-intelligence and law enforcement figures on a daily basis. They may be newsworthy in that they show what the regime would like people to believe, but we don't assume that they have any relationship to actual facts.
Trump also rejected a reporter's suggestion that he was undercutting the work of the Justice Department.
TRUMP tweet: "Clapper has now admitted that there was Spying in my campaign".
President Donald Trump speaks with reporters about allowing the release of a secret memo on the F.B.I.'s role in the Russian Federation inquiry, during a meeting with North Korean defectors in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Washington. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had said Tuesday that only Nunes and Gowdy would be briefed, because they were the only ones to request information. And the White House said Kelly would organize the meeting with House lawmakers to discuss the documents, although he and other White House staffers would not be present.
Trump also repeated his allegation that the FBI's use of informants - a common practice in investigations - amounted to spying on his campaign.