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President Trump's legal team is trying to cut a deal on the president's potential interview with special counsel Robert Mueller's team pushing to keep any of Trump's actions after he won the presidency off the table Democrats Won't Get Data on Trump Campaign Intel Source
Lisa Bryan | 26 May, 2018, 02:54

As part of that inquiry, the Federal Bureau of Investigation sent an informant - an American academic with ties to the Republican Party - to speak with at least three Trump campaign advisers, in hopes of determining whether they had been in contact with Russian agents.

The assumption that the FBI/DOJ infiltration, if in fact it happened, was for political purposes sounds like yet another Trump paranoia created to distract attention from the Mueller investigation.

Trump now is zeroing in on - and at times embellishing - reports that a longtime USA government informant approached members of his 2016 campaign during the presidential election in a possible bid to glean intelligence on Russian efforts to sway the election.

The mere existence of a government informant in an investigation doesn't mean a probe is tainted.

Democrats fought successfully to be included after the White House said Wednesday it planned only to brief two top Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday and make the bipartisan group wait until after the Memorial Day recess. James Comey was one of them.

But now, Trump's tweet has forced the term "Spygate" to be redefined.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, who was scheduled to travel to Texas for a fundraiser Thursday afternoon, planned to attend the noon meeting, as well, rather than the Gang of Eight session, an aide said.

Trump escalated his efforts to discredit the investigation Wednesday, tweeting: "Look how things have turned around on the Criminal Deep State".

Rudy Giuliani serves as Donald Trump's legal adviser but said he hasn't spoken to him in a couple of weeks.


Those tweets, unlike others, at least made the distinction between spying "on" a campaign and "in" one.

FBI Director Christopher Wray, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, held two unusual classified briefings for senior lawmakers of both parties in the wake of the Republican president's claim. He said he had advised the administration to include Democrats but downplayed Trump's attacks, saying he doesn't worry about any lasting damage to the intelligence agencies. He then invoked the material compiled by former FBI Director James Comey before he was sacked.

Speaking to reporters later, Trump sought to discredit Comey, calling him a liar and saying he could be in trouble once a review of the FBI's handling of the Russian Federation probe is completed by the inspector general of the Justice Department.

We are told that Mr. Trump can not be allowed to have any say over the Justice Department's actions, since this might make him privy to sensitive details about an investigation into himself.

In other Russian Federation comments, Giuliani told ABC News that President Trump ordered another member of his legal team, Emmet Flood, to attend two Justice Department classified briefings on Moscow with legislators.

The White House said Flood and Kelly gave brief remarks at the outset of the briefings but did not stay for the substance.

President Donald Trump talked to visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in as he departed the White House in Washington on Tuesday.

During a discussion on MSNBC about the DOJ briefing, Miller asserted that Republicans had "corrupt" motives in pushing for the identity of the confidential informant - even though Democrats were told they they would be allowed to attend. "How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?"

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