Trump not backing down on 'spy' allegations

Donald Trump Alleges Spy Placed in 2016 Presidential Campaign

In a series of tweets, Trump indicated that he is more than convinced that the then Barack Obama administration placed a spy on his presidential campaign.

The comments came just before White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that a meeting to allow House Republicans to review highly classified information on the Russian Federation probe will happen Thursday.

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.

Flood, along with the White House chief of staff, John Kelly, attended two separate briefings.

After a major morning Twitter dump, President Donald Trump proudly declared to reporters on the White House lawn that "they" too are now using the name "Spygate" with regard to his campaign to discredit Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling.

The Justice Department had rejected Nunes' original request, writing in a letter in April that his request for information could put lives in danger. Rosenstein was left off the list as Trump on Tuesday declined to say whether he had confidence in him.

"They can't indict Trump": Giuliani says Mueller "understands" he can't charge sitting president Special counsel Robert Mueller has acknowledged to President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani that a sitting president can't be indicted under current rules, meaning that the year-long Russian Federation probe is unlikely to unseat Trump.

"His exposure is unacceptable", Nadler wrote to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray late Thursday.

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Justice Department officials also briefed other members of Congress ― the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" composed of congressional leaders and the top members of the intelligence committees from both parties― on Thursday afternoon. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr was also invited, along with the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence panel, Sen. Ultimately, Democratic congressman Adam B. Schiff was allowed into the briefing with Nunes. Trump has made unproven claims of Federal Bureau of Investigation misconduct and political bias and has denounced the asset as "a spy".

Members of the administration claim that an informant met with several key players like Carter Page and George Papadopolis to retrieve private information as part of larger effort to aid special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

The president went on to warn Democrats, saying what goes around comes around.

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

Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY, the top Senate Democrat, continued to push Thursday morning for the first meeting to be scrapped altogether, calling Nunes a "known partisan" out to undermine Mueller's investigation.

Giuliani reportedly voiced a recurring team Trump concern that talking to Mueller would be a "perjury trap" for the President, since "truth is relative" and "they may have a different version of the truth than we do". He then invoked the material compiled by former FBI Director James Comey before he was sacked. "How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?"

Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself from any investigations of the Trump campaign, due to potential conflicts of interest.

Take away the "I hope it's not so" gag and you've pretty much got House Intel Chair Nunes' talking points to the world after tomorrow's meeting, in which he and Oversight Chair Trey Gowdy will meet with senior Justice Department, FBI and intelligence officials about demands for docs related to a confidential intelligence source.

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