Trump not backing down on 'spy' allegations

26 May, 2018, 02:55 | Author: Bert Pena
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And why did they hide it for so long?

"What I want is I want total transparency", he said.

Republicans had little to say immediately after the meetings.

"The President tweeted Wednesday morning, "'Trump should be happy that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was SPYING on his campaign' No, James Clapper, I am not happy. Initially offered only to Republicans, the briefings were the latest piece of stagecraft meant to publicize and bolster the allegations. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and himself after the conclusion of the second briefing, which was for a bipartisan group of senators.

"It's corrupt by the White House to have gotten involved, for the president to have held a meeting with the acting Attorney General and the head of the FBI to talk about this on Monday", he continued, "when the investigation pertains to him and his campaign". She said no Democrats were invited because they had not requested the information, despite calls from lawmakers for the briefing to be bipartisan. Along with the lawyer, Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly also attended the meetings, but it is the lawyer's presence that raised major red flags.

CNN's Kaitlan Collins reports Sanders said Flood "will be joining the White House staff to represent the president and the administration against the Russian Federation witch hunt". The president's legal team continues to try to set limitations on an interview, including the duration and questions posed, he said.

"He's not the subject or target of that investigation".

Dan Mahaffee, senior vice president and director of policy at the Center for the Study of Congress and the Presidency, expressed concern that many Republicans in Congress are willing to join with Trump's attack on these institutions in a bid to protect Trump and his administration. "Moreover, I assume President Obama knew about it. And if Obama knew about it, why can't Trump?"

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It is unclear what information will be shared during the briefing. According to a US official familiar with the broader of the two meetings, the briefers did not reveal the name of the informant. "The FBI's use of Confidential Human Sources (the actual term) is tightly regulated and essential to protecting the country". The person declined to be identified because the briefing was classified.

Trump has branded his claim "spygate", and said it could prove a bigger political scandal than Watergate. "He believes he's telling the truth: He didn't collude with the Russians, and he didn't obstruct justice".

It remained unclear what, if any, spying was done.

FBI Director Christopher Wray, second from left, arrives as House and Senate lawmakers from both parties gather for a classified briefing about the federal investigation into President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

Speaking to reporters later, Trump sought to discredit Comey, calling him a liar and saying he could be in trouble once a review of the FBI's handling of the Russian Federation probe is completed by the inspector general of the Justice Department.

Rudy Giuliani said no final decision will be made on President Trump sitting down with special counsel Robert Mueller until "the details of this "Spygate" situation" are figured out.

"I think it is more inevitable than a Mueller interview, "Giuliani told The Washington Post".

The White House later said in a statement that Kelly and Flood made brief remarks at the beginning of the meeting to "relay the President's desire for as much openness as possible" and departed before it actually began.

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