Republicans, no Democrats, to attend meeting on Federal Bureau of Investigation campaign surveillance: White House


Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement that the plan for the White House to hold the meeting "where "highly classified and other information" will be shared with members of Congress is highly irregular and inappropriate" because, in Schumer's view, "the president and his staff should not be involved in the viewing or dissemination of sensitive investigatory information involving any open investigation, let alone one about his own activities and campaign".

Press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday the meeting would be Thursday.

"The individuals that are expected to attend are Chairman Nunes, Chairman Gowdy, FBI Director Wray, [Director of National Intelligence Dan] Coats, and DOJ official Ed O'Callaghan", she said, referring to House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes., R-Calif., and House Government and Oversight Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.

The White House announced Monday that congressional leaders will also be invited to a meeting organized by chief of staff John Kelly to review the classified information related to the reported intelligence source.

The meeting will mark the next milestone in President Trump and conservative lawmakers' long-running feud with the Justice Department over the FBI's use of a confidential source in what is now special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation. "He was only there to spy for political reasons and to help Crooked Hillary win - just like they did to Bernie Sanders, who got duped!"

Sara said I'm wrong: "An informant is very different from a spy".

Mr. Zeldin, Mr. Meadows and about a dozen other Republicans in the House of Representatives insisted at a news conference announcing the resolution that Mr. Trump had not requested a new counsel.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has called Trump's claim of an embedded spy "nonsense".

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After Trump's tweets on Sunday, the Justice Department formally asked the inspector general to expand its review to include tactics used against Trump campaign aides and advisers.

"Was the Federal Bureau of Investigation spying on the Trump campaign?" co-host Joy Behar asked. The Justice Department has in the past offered classified briefings to Nunes, though they have refused to turn over documents.

In addition on Sunday, Trump continued to attack the credibility of Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation into Russian election interference, calling the probe "the world's most expensive witch hunt".

FILE - In this Thursday, May 17, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington.

"If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action", said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. But intelligence officials say turning over the documents would put the source at risk, according to The Washington Post.

Caputo added, "It was frightening to me".

The Mueller investigation, Bruni argued, is dominating media coverage to the extent it's crowding out coverage of what Trump and his administration are actually doing.

"That would be one of the biggest insults that anyone's ever seen", Mr. Trump said.