Former FBI Director Comey: Agency Cannot Fight Foreign Propaganda

30 May 2018, 05:19 | Isaac Mcdaniel

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President Donald Trump's legal team wants a briefing on the classified information passed on to lawmakers about the origins of the FBI's Russian Federation investigation and may take it to the Justice Department as part of an effort to scuttle the probe, an attorney for the president said Friday.

The pretext Trump seized on is the revelation that a longtime FBI and Central Intelligence Agency informant, described as a retired college professor, made contact with three Trump campaign associates before the election as part of the FBI's initial investigation into Russian meddling.

President Donald Trump is accusing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team of "MEDDLING" in the upcoming midterm elections and blames Democrats for "Collusion".

The White House acknowledged that chief of staff John Kelly and a top lawyer for President Trump in the Russian Federation matter had been present for two secret briefings about the investigation on Thursday but hadn't stayed for the substance.

President Donald Trump is not backing down on his unproven claim that the Federal Bureau of Investigation planted a spy in his presidential campaign. This claim is completely unsupported by the facts as we know them. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), calling him a "barometer of mindless conventional wisdom" for saying that a "confidential informant is not a spy".

After the meetings were over, the Democrats who attended released a brief statement.

It's still not clear whether the pair of meetings -- which became chaotic affairs over repeated changes to the invite list, time and place of the classified briefings -- would satisfy House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, who has threatened to hold Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein in contempt of Congress for not providing the documents he's seeking related to the confidential source.

In a series of morning tweets, and later speaking to reporters, Trump assailed what he called "spygate", claiming that it could become "one of the biggest political scandals in history!" But Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said both left "as planned before the substantive portion of the meeting began", and "were there to relay the president's desire for as much openness as possible under the law". House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, an ardent Trump supporter, originally demanded the information on an FBI source in the Russian Federation investigation.

The intelligence grouping consists of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Pelosi, Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr, top intelligence Democrat Mark Warner, Nunes and Schiff.

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In 2016, he alleged that President Barack Obama for "wiretapping" Trump Tower, an assertion for which the Department of Justice later said in a court filing there was no evidence.

Meadows said he has nonclassified information - including text messages - that acknowledge the existence of an informant.

"And here it's even a step beyond a risky point because it's not just directing a criminal investigation or to stop one but anyone, it directly relates to his campaign", she said.

SANDERS: That's something that you would have to ask the Department of Justice.

Giuliani later told CNN that he assumes Flood went to the meeting because the President wanted him there.

Trump and his supporters have cast the apparent informant as a mole possibly sent by the Obama administration to burrow into his campaign. He was sent by FBI agents to talk to Trump campaign advisers, according to the Times, "only after (the bureau) received evidence" that the campaign aides "had suspicious contacts linked to Russian Federation during the campaign".

Trump also repeated his allegation that the FBI's use of informants - a common practice in investigations - amounted to spying on his campaign.

"We'll see about the future of the summit before we definitely make a decision about a timetable", Giuliani said.

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