Congressional leaders to review information on Russian Federation probe

Joanna Estrada
May 23, 2018

A day earlier, Trump demanded the Justice Department investigate the FBI for allegedly planting an informant in his campaign, and his lawyer pressed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to speed up the probe to avoid it affecting November's mid-term elections.

The preliminary findings in the report already have cost one top Federal Bureau of Investigation leader his job: former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

"Look, the types of things that we're hearing about now - it was wrong when they did it to Martin Luther King, and it's wrong if they do it to the Trump campaign", Wenstrup said.

Now, we are learning more information about Halper, such as how much he made working for the government and what he did after Donald Trump was elected president.

"The review of highly classified documents in the midst of a highly charged partisan conflict raises the clear and present danger of illegal disclosure potentially catastrophic to confidential sources and operations", Blumenthal warned.

He says it's high time for Republican congressional leaders to put their feet down and tell Trump that enough is enough - but he doesn't hold out much hope for them doing so.

Meadows said Monday before the meeting: "Rod Rosenstein knows exactly what happened and what is in the documents requested by Congress".

Sanders said FBI Director Christopher Wray, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and Justice Department official Edward O'Callaghan will meet with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy.

The retired American professor and foreign policy expert for Republican presidents is at the centre of a fight between US President Donald Trump and his own Justice Department about the origins of the special counsel investigation of whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation to win the 2016 presidential election.

Republicans have been unable to square their conspiracy theory about the FBI scheming against Trump during the campaign with the reality that the FBI said nothing about the active investigation into the Trump campaign until after the 2016 election was over.

She added, "It was also agreed that White House Chief of Staff Kelly will immediately set up a meeting with the FBI, DOJ, and DNI together with Congressional Leaders to review highly classified and other information they have requested".

During a weekly press briefing on Capitol Hill Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said the allegations are serious and must be investigated. On Sunday night, the president tweeted that he meant to order the Justice Department to open an investigation into the use of the source.

The stakes of the meeting were high, and Trump raised them significantly Sunday when he said on Twitter that he would order the Justice Department to "look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes - and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!"

Rosenstein said Sunday that "if anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action". Trump spoke of the universal respect for Haspel, the milestone of her becoming the first woman to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, and her overcoming of "very negative politics" during the confirmation process. The release of the full document is likely to invite new calls for potential criminal charges against McCabe and possibly former FBI Director James Comey.

What makes this particularly scary, he writes, is that Trump is using this parallel reality to justify calling for investigations into his political opponents.

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