Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Trump demands 'total transparency' from Justice Department about FBI informant

Trump demands 'total transparency' from Justice Department about FBI informant

In the meantime, Trump and closely aligned Republicans in Congress have flipped the tables on the politically damaging Russian Federation probe by calling for a new investigation - this time into whether the FBI spied on his presidential campaign in its own bid to sway the 2016 election. Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself from any investigations of the Trump campaign, due to potential conflicts of interest. That jury is still out, with a special counsel appointed to investigate. Trump took aim at Comey earlier this week, tweeting that the former director was a "terrible and corrupt leader" who "inflicted great pain" on the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"Well I'd actually say, how is he going to explain to his grandchildren all of the lies, the deceit, all of the problems he has caused for this country". The Justice Department had resisted sharing information, saying it jeopardized the source. It's a waste of $20 million of the taxpayers' money.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray and National Intelligence Director Dan Coats attended both meetings - the first at the Department of Justice and the second on Capitol Hill.

"I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice 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!"

"What motivated putting him in? What did they get?" And why did they hide it for so long? They say he was excessively cautious on the matter because he did not want to be seen as influencing the election of his successor. Initially offered only to Republicans, the briefings were the latest piece of stagecraft meant to publicize and bolster the allegations.

Trump, they said, was attempting to obstruct justice by firing Comey over the FBI's investigation into alleged "collusion" between the president and Russian Federation. They also said it was inappropriate for White House officials to attend any part of a meeting about a criminal investigation that directly concerns the president and his campaign. Their presence was highly unusual in a sensitive congressional oversight briefing, and it raised the possibility that top aides to the president could gain access to closely held information about an investigation of the president and his associates.

The White House now says it is working to facilitate a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to review classified documents on the Russian Federation investigation this week, instead of after the Memorial Day recess, as promised earlier.

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

Rudy Giuliani, who serves Donald Trump's legal adviser, hasn't spoke to the president in a couple of weeks even though he's done multiple media interviews during that time as a representative of Trump.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein leaves a classified briefing about the federal investigation into President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday
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Trump ran with the quote, using it to bolster his argument he was spied on by the Obama administration.

And now, he may be able to take advantage of sensitive information shared with his lawyer, as he persists in his quest to undermine the independence of federal law enforcement, and the concept of objective reality.

The Post and the Times declined to name the informant, noting that us intelligence officials have warned that revealing his name could expose him to risk. The person declined to be identified because the briefing was classified.

"Starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in US history", Trump tweeted Thursday.

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

Trump's firing of Comey has spawned an investigation into whether he obstructed justice by removing the head of the FBI as it investigated his campaign.

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters about allowing the release of a secret memo on the F.B.I.'s role in the Russian Federation inquiry, during a meeting with North Korean defectors in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Washington.

In addition, Giuliani also said a decision would be made on a Mueller interview by June 12.

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