Dems alarmed when WH lawyer shows up at classified briefing

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26 May, 2018

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 senators, who have quietly objected to Nunes' tactics in the past, were successful, at least in part.

Some Senate Republicans have asked to be invited to the meeting as well, arguing that they should be included.

Lowell says Kushner answered all questions that were asked and "is looking forward to continuing the work the president has asked him to do". We are also told that Congress-a separate branch of government, a primary duty of which is oversight-cannot be allowed to access Justice Department material.

The details continued to be fluid Thursday.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee, said the meeting on the classified information had not changed his view that the FBI followed proper procedures during their investigation.

The Democratic leaders say Thursday's meeting for President Donald Trump's congressional allies should instead include the bipartisan "Gang of 8".

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.

"The goal there would be to protect national security by figuring out what Russia's intentions were and their efforts to infiltrate our political processes", she explained, noting the use of an informant was a way to keep the investigation from becoming public.

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Both men left the rooms after initial remarks, according to two officials familiar with the meeting.

It is unclear whether the Republicans who attended were satisfied with the briefings' outcome.

Republicans had requested the information for weeks, issuing a subpoena and warning top DOJ officials that if they refused they would hold them contempt of Congress.

"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!" And Trump took up the cause as the White House tried to combat the threat posed by Mueller's investigation into Russian interference and possible obstruction of justice. The same officials were then to head to Capitol Hill to brief members of the Gang of Eight. "No FBI would put informants in another presidential campaign without permission from the White House, including the president", he said on "Outnumbered".

Rosenstein's appointment of Mueller raised eyebrows, as the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief (2001-2013) is a friend of Comey's. "They're the same briefing", he said.

Here to lend a hand, Michael Barone provides understated and much needed historical perspective to his media colleagues: "Until 2016, just about everyone agreed that it was a bad thing for government intelligence or law enforcement agencies to spy (er, secretly collect information?) on a political campaign".

The Republican senators did not comment publicly.

"Clapper has now admitted that there was Spying in my campaign".

The president intensified his attacks on the probe this week, calling it "spygate" and tweeting Thursday that it was "Starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in US history".


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