Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Top congressmen meet with intelligence officials about Federal Bureau of Investigation informant

Top congressmen meet with intelligence officials about Federal Bureau of Investigation informant

Top law enforcement and intelligence officials briefed congressional leaders from both parties on Thursday about the F.B.I.'s use of an informant in the Russian Federation investigation, a highly unusual concession to Congress all but ordered by President Trump.

"They also conveyed the President's understanding of the need to protect human intelligence services and the importance of communication between the branches of government", the statement said.

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.

"What is the point of the separate briefing if not to cause partisan trouble?" he said. Although you'd never know it from the New York Times and its mainstream media colleagues, it looks like the biggest scandal in American political history. And Trump has taken up the cause as the White House tries to combat the threat posed by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

On Thursday, FBI Director Christopher Wray, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and Justice Department official Edward O'Callaghan are meeting with House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee head Trey Gowdy to review secret Justice Department documents that lawmakers have been demanding access to.

The use of the confidential source has been at the fore of Trump and conservative lawmakers' long-running feud with the Justice Department and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Trump's campaign coordinated with Russian Federation during the campaign.

Originally, Giuliani had said publicly that he didn't believe Trump needed to honor the request from the special counsel.

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Trump and his supporters have cast the apparent informant as a mole possibly sent by the Obama administration to burrow into his campaign.

No Democrats have been invited to tomorrow's meetings, though several have said a Dem should attend. He demanded in recent days that the Justice Department investigate the matter and turn over records to Congress, ignoring warnings from law enforcement officials in his administration, that sharing the documents would put the informant and foreign intelligence partners at risk.

The decision, however, is incumbent upon Trump's team receiving a Justice Department report on a suspected Federal Bureau of Investigation informant infiltrating the president's campaign in 2016.

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.

It remains unclear what, if any, spying was done.

File photos of Donald Trump and James Comey. "How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?" tweeted Comey, a former Republican who now identifies as an independent.

The Justice Department agreed to expand an internal investigation to determine whether there was any politically motivated surveillance.

CNN's Kaitlan Collins reports Sanders said Flood "will be joining the White House staff to represent the president and the administration against the Russian Federation witch hunt".

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