Trump demands probe of alleged spying on his campaign

Confrontation delayed over FBI surveillance of Trump campaign

But the statement - vague enough to allow each side to claim victory - did not fully settle the critical issue: whether the Justice Department would ultimately be forced to turn over the documents subpoenaed by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes on the Federal Bureau of Investigation source. Trump's only rational goal is casting doubt on the probe by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, which appears to be closing in.

Trump's power play is a gross misuse of his presidential authority and a unsafe departure from long-standing norms. Strongmen such as Russia's Vladimir Putin use their justice systems to punish enemies and deflect attention from their own crimes. The Republican leadership in Congress has been silent as a mouse.

More indictments are expected, but Mueller and his team have remained absolutely silent about the direction of the investigation and what evidence they have, especially with regard to Trump.

On Fox Business News' "Mornings With Maria", Bedford called out Halper for spying on the Trump campaign, mentioning Halper was not just an informant; he was someone "searching for questions" and even invited Page to his Virginia farm. She said the officials will "review highly classified and other information they have requested", but did not provide additional detail. The subject of the probe - Trump - wants to see it, too. He was asked to contact several campaign figures whose names had already surfaced in the FBI's counterintelligence probe. The president has previously accused the Obama administration of orchestrating a surveillance campaign against him in the run-up to the 2016 election.

President Donald Trump attacked the investigation of possible collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation as a "political hit job" on Monday, alleging the Central Intelligence Agency and FBI were out of control in probing his team. This conspiracy theory has so many holes in it that it's hard to know where to begin. In September of that year, he reached out to George Papadopoulos, an unpaid foreign policy adviser for the campaign, inviting him to London to work on a research paper.

The China trade war that Trump said would be "good and easy to win" has been put off. And it is also true that Justice Department policy is that a sitting president can not be indicted. It was the year of Jim Comey - a director who took unprecedented liberties in the Hillary Clinton investigation.

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley last week sent Rosenstein a letter demanding an unredacted memo from last August outlining the scope and reasons for Mueller's investigation.

In a statement after the meeting, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the Justice Department had asked its inspector general to look into "any irregularities. concerning the Trump Campaign" and agreed to a meeting with congressional leaders to "review highly classified and other information they have requested".

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a dinner with governors on border security and safe communities at the Blue room of the White House in Washington, U.S., May 21, 2018. I fear he is wrong. A Washington Post story Friday, which did not name Halper, said the informant aided the Russian Federation investigation both before and after Mueller's appointment in May 2017.

None of this is normal or acceptable.

The remarkable thing is that, usually, when the Justice Department is trying to protect the prerogatives of the executive branch, it has the support of the president. This is a crisis, and it will get worse.



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