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


Some questions follow: Who asked Mr. Halper to keep tabs on the Trump officials, and when and why? Trump has denied any collusion and repeatedly dismissed the investigation as a "witch hunt".

Trump has reportedly considered firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who now oversees Mueller's probe, or firing Mueller.

On Sunday, via Twitter, Trump demanded that the Justice Department concoct a transparently political investigation, with the aim of smearing veteran professionals at Justice and the FBI and also throwing mud at the previous administration.

Reflecting on an article published by the New York Times on the matter, Joe Lauria, editor-in-chief of Consortium News, told Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear that media coverage regarding Trump's call for an investigation proved outlets were starting to side with the FBI.

At least 18 Republican lawmakers signed onto a resolution calling on U.S. Attorney-General Jeff Sessions to appoint a special counsel to investigate the department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, accusing them of misconduct as Mr. Trump campaigned two years ago against Ms. Clinton.

Democrats said Mueller and his investigation should be protected and information, such as about any informant, should not be shared with Congress.

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The top Democrat on the House intelligence panel, California Rep. Adam Schiff, said the briefing should have been done through the bipartisan "Gang of 8", which includes Republican and Democratic leaders and the top Republicans and Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence panels.

Earlier this week, Trump called for the Justice Department to investigate whether the FBI "infiltrated or surveilled" his presidential campaign in 2016, even meeting with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to discuss the issue.

But if nothing ever emerges demonstrating that bad ol' Russian Federation did in fact interfere in the 2016 presidential campaign - as it so far has not - "it appears more and more likely that this was a kind of intelligence operation", Lauria noted.

Sanders is referring questions about what documents will be reviewed to the DOJ.

One outcome was an acknowledgment by the Justice Department that its IG, Horowitz, will expand an inquiry he was already conducting into the ongoing Russian Federation investigation to include its use of sources and surveillance.

"If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action", Rosenstein said in a statement announcing the move.

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The Justice Department had originally rejected the request from Nunes, saying his request for information "regarding a specific individual" could have severe consequences, including potential loss of human life.

The Justice Department's internal probe began in March at the request of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and congressional Republicans.

Republicans in Congress have been pushing for more details of the investigation and the role of the suspected informant.

The pretext Trump seized on is the revelation that a longtime FBI and Central Intelligence Agency informant, described as a retired college professor, made contact with three Trump campaign associates before the election as part of the FBI's initial investigation into Russian meddling.

Sunday was not the first time that Trump accused his predecessor of politically motivated activity against him. And last month, the president tweeted about "the Fake & Corrupt Russia Investigation", writing, "Mueller is most conflicted of all (except Rosenstein)".

Without substantiation, Trump tweeted in March 2017 that former President Barack Obama had conducted surveillance the previous October at Trump Tower, the NY skyscraper where Trump ran his campaign and transition and maintains a residence.

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