Trump again pushes claim Federal Bureau of Investigation informant planted for political purposes

WH lawyer attends DOJ briefings with lawmakers on confidential source

Or in Trump's version, pound the investigators. "They will also be sending a bad message to anyone who works in, or with our nation's intelligence community that the White House will always prioritize partisan politics over protecting the people who help keep this country safe".

He would "demand" a Justice Department investigation into whether the department and the FBI "infiltrated or surveilled" his 2016 presidential campaign for political purposes, he tweeted.

The legal team also "wanted to know what was on Mueller's mind" after all the material they and the White House provided to the special counsel.

Stop waiting for the constitutional crisis that President Trump is sure to provoke. It is refreshing to hear that now, finally, he's interested in actual evidence.

"He tweeted afterward: "'New Bombshell in the Obama Spying Scandal. Trump is seeing him that way nonetheless.

Would Republicans take kindly to that?

Republicans had little to say immediately after the meetings. Starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in USA history.

Page believes that's exactly what happened, and agrees with the president's characterization of the scandal as "Spygate".

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"If true", indeed. That's Trump.

The informant, Stefan A. Halper, a London-based American academic and veteran of several Republican administrations, did not "inflitrate" the campaign.

"His exposure is unacceptable", Nadler wrote to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray late Thursday.

Trump's attorneys, at the time, wanted to know what topics Mueller was looking to cover in a meeting and why he thought it necessary to interview the president at all. He gave important attention to the alternative scenario that he and some of his conservative allies have been promoting.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is looking into Russian interference in the election, any collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, possible obstruction of justice and whatever associated criminal activity might be uncovered. A slide called "Trump Campaign Components" shows how "fake news sites/avatars/content" were created during the early part of the election year and leveraged to spread "uncertainty" during the heat of the campaign.

Defending the White House's initial decision, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the briefing was only set to include Republicans because they had requested the information.

Trump's efforts to distort this story out of all proportion is reminiscent of the granddaddy of all the alternative facts he has served up during his presidency: the claim that President Barack Obama had ordered the tapping of his phones in Trump Tower. After learning that there is zero evidence anywhere that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was attempting to do anything other than investigate what was essentially a Russian attack on our election system - just as Federal Bureau of Investigation agents should have done - Trump chose to tell three separate lies to the American public in the course of this single tweet. It's part of the glue that holds our democratic republic together.

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