Donald Trump and his former national intelligence director

FBI’s Russia documents will only be shared with GOP lawmakers

FBI’s Russia documents will only be shared with GOP lawmakers

President Trump's legal team wants a briefing on the classified information shared with lawmakers about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

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.

Trump has zeroed in on, and at times embellished, reports that a longtime US government informant approached members of his campaign 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.

At this time, no one knows what Halper has told Robert Mueller, the special counsel tasked with investigating possible Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, but it has been disclosed that Halper met with Page several times over the course of 14 months through September 2017.

He said that Comey is "corrupt" and that the Yonkers, N.Y. native "can't keep his big mouth shut". The committee's chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, is also attending the meeting along with Rep. Trey Gowdy and House Speaker Paul Ryan. He was a senior official who briefed reporters Thursday in a session set up by the White House press office, which set ground rules requiring that reporters not use his name.

"We don't know what happened inside today's DOJ meeting, but I think we can rule out any big revelation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation acted inappropriately", Josh Campbell, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent turned CNN analyst, tweeted Thursday.

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The second meeting included Schiff, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, Pelosi, Senate Intelligence Committee leaders Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), who later called Trump's spy claim "a misstatement". Trump tweeted Sunday morning. But it seems that even before he became president, people around the world knew that Donald Trump was a man who could be bought. The Justice Department official who would be the one to receive any complaints from Giuliani would presumably be Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller a year ago in the wake of Comey's firing and was present for Thursday's briefings.

James Clapper, former national intelligence director known for his apolitical nature and dedication to public service, recently broke his silence to say America has elected a president who twists and distorts truth to his advantage and uses the presidency to generate financial gain for himself and his family. Experts who have studied autocrats around the world for the past 30 years have identified four common tactics used by autocrats to attack the societal structure in which they reside to sure up their political hold on power.

On Thursday, Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney, said that Trump would not agree to an interview with Mueller unless he receives the information as well. The request for the latest documents are the latest in a series of subpoenas to the Justice Department for sensitive information.

"The parallelism between what the Trump campaign was doing and saying and what the Russians were doing and saying was remarkably parallel, particularly when it came to attacks on Hillary Clinton, all her alleged physical and mental maladies, and there was nearly an echo chamber between the two", Clapper told CNN's Dana Bash. They're lies. They should have been greeted with headlines reading, "President Trump lies to public about Russian Federation investigation". "He should know what is discussed", said Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City.

It's blatant obstruction of justice and interference in an ongoing criminal investigation.

"There's never been a Gang of Eight meeting with that kind of White House presence", he said.

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