Trump demands 'total transparency' from Justice Department about FBI informant

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Best-case scenario, a counterintelligence investigation focused on Russian election tampering organically led to members of the Trump campaign and FBI resources were dispatched to investigate.

'Clapper has now admitted that there was Spying in my campaign.

Separately on Wednesday, Mueller's prosecutors asked a federal judge to start the process of sentencing former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, who has been a key witness in the investigation since his plea past year to lying to the FBI. He then invoked the material compiled by former FBI Director James Comey before he was sacked.

"I don't think he is going to make changes", Giuliani said. Trump has routinely broken norms about how the White House interacts with the Justice Department, which is supposed to have a degree of independence. It's a waste of $20 million of the taxpayers' money.

"My guess is two weeks from now it'll be something different than this", Comey said.

Rangappa noted that using an informant is a standard technique for law enforcement and intelligence services who are trying to learn more during an investigation, arguing that it is different from "spying" done on foreign adversaries.

"What motivated putting him in? What did they get?"

We may have to wait for the inspector general's report on that. And why did they hide it for so long?

The first of Thursday's meetings was originally intended for two Republicans, Nunes and Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy.

Initially, the White House had planned for only House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes - its longtime co-conspirator in ginning up politically useful conspiracy theories - to receive this briefing. He's overseeing the special counsel's investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 campaign.

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Schiff said he does not believe the meeting is appropriate, particularly because the White House was involved in organizing it.

"He's not the subject or target of that investigation". Former New York mayor Giuliani recently joined Trump's legal team. "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.

Lawmakers remained uncertain Thursday morning about what material would be shared.

The Post and the Times declined to name the informant, noting that us intelligence officials have warned that revealing his name could expose him to risk. They brought documents to Capitol Hill but did not share them, and made several remarks about the importance of protecting intelligence sources and methods. The person declined to be identified because the briefing was classified. Starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in USA history.

Meanwhile, lawmakers met with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department to discuss Trump's allegations about the "Spygate", according to Fox News. Democrats say that the entire episode - including the president's involvement - is the latest gambit by Nunes and Trump to undermine the special counsel, Robert Mueller and gain information about his inquiry.

The President's legal team discussed the logistics of holding the multi-hour interview session at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland, the sources said.

President Donald Trump talked to visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in as he departed the White House in Washington on Tuesday.

The final decision won't be made 'until more of the facts are in, ' he said.

Associated Press writer Mary Clare Jalonick contributed reporting.

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