Trump fumes over FBI's use of informant during campaign

Marco Green
May 23, 2018

Giuliani also told the Times Mueller's team should finish up their probe of Trump's actions by September 1 so it wouldn't harm the Republican Party at the ballot box in the November election. She did not read off the name of a single Democratic lawmaker.

The former contractor, from a USA government agency Caputo refrained from naming, had contacted a friend of Caputo's on May 6, 2016, and told him the agency had emails and wanted to get them to the Trump campaign.

The White House then said Monday that Trump chief of staff John Kelly would organize the meeting to review the documents.

Later Tuesday, Trump tweeted, "The spy was there early in the campaign and yet never reported Collusion with Russian Federation, because there was no Collusion". "That would be one of the biggest insults anyone has ever seen". "So, we want to make sure that there weren't".

Devin Nunes, chairman of the House intelligence committee, and the House oversight committee chairman, Trey Gowdy, both Republicans, are expected to attend, according to the White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.

At least 18 Republican lawmakers signed onto a resolution calling on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a special counsel to investigate the department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, accusing them of misconduct as Trump campaigned two years ago against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Not all Republicans are on board with conservative House members' calls for a second special counsel - or with the allegations that Trump's campaign was the target of a spying operation.

They also are concerned the meeting will culminate in the outing of the identity of the source or information about that person. "That is illegal if you reveal this kind of information".

"And the president's response and Chairman Nunes, [influential OH conservative Rep. Jim] Jordan, and Gowdy and others is", Schiff said, "'Bring it on.

The meeting, which was not on the White House's public schedule, occurred the day after Trump demanded an investigation over a government informant's meeting with several people connected with his campaign in 2016. "We don't care. Whatever is in the service of the president we're willing to do'". "It became very frightening for me ..." It was Trump's latest in a series of escalating attacks on the Russian Federation probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

President Trump on Tuesday said if the feds planted "spies" inside his campaign, it would be the biggest political scandal in U.S. history - and then refused to offer support for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Trump understands that there is supposed to be a distinction between justice and politics, that the DOJ's tradition of independence helps preserve that distinction, and that presidents are not supposed to treat the department as a tool for punishing their enemies and protecting their friends, even though the Constitution gives them the power to do so. Doing so would immediately conjure memories of former President Richard M. Nixon's "Saturday Massacre" in which the president asked Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox, leading to a cascade of resignations culminating with Cox's eventual ouster. And last month, the president tweeted about "the Fake & Corrupt Russia Investigation", writing, "Mueller is most conflicted of all (except Rosenstein)".

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