Trump Lawyer Attended DOJ Meeting On Confidential FBI Informant

Rod Rosenstein just fired back at Donald Trump with a dictionary definition

President Donald Trump's legal team would advise that he refuse to submit to an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller unless the team can review classified information shared with select lawmakers about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's election meddling, Trump's personal lawyer says. For months, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, and other Trump allies in Congress had been really pressing the Justice Department and the FBI for some very, very sensitive materials related to the Russian Federation investigation.

The topic of the meeting was a subpeona by Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) for "all documents referencing or related" to an informant who spoke to members of the Trump campaign during the FBI's counter-intelligence investigation of Russian interference with the election.

The Justice Department plans to hold two classified briefings with select lawmakers Thursday addressing reports that a government informant - from outside the campaign - contacted Trump campaign aides in 2016.

"Nothing we heard today has changed our view that there is no evidence to support any allegation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any intelligence agency placed a spy in the Trump campaign or otherwise failed to follow appropriate procedures and protocols", Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., and Schiff said in a statement.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Flood and Kelly were there to "facilitate meetings" between the Justice Department officials and Congress and that both men left the meetings "after making brief comments".

He said that Comey is "corrupt" and that the Yonkers, N.Y. native "can't keep his big mouth shut".

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr also attended the briefing but did not comment afterward. The deputy attorney general relented after Trump's demand that the Justice Department comply.

In a move that injected the White House into the closed-door sessions on an investigation that affects the president, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Emmet Flood, a White House lawyer working on the Russian Federation probe, made opening remarks before departing the two sessions.

In a series of tweets Wednesday morning, Trump argued that this could be "one of the biggest political scandals in history".

The "Gang of 8" includes the Republican and Democratic leaders from the House and Senate as well as the respective party leaders from the House and Senate intelligence committees.

"Sorry, I've got to start focusing my energy on North Korea Nuclear, bad Trade Deals, VA Choice, the Economy, rebuilding the Military, and so much more, and not on the Rigged Russia Witch Hunt that should be investigating Clinton/Russia/FBI/(Department of) Justice/(President Barack) Obama/(former FBI Director James) Comey/(Former Attorney General Loretta) Lynch etc."

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

"So the question begs - at whose direction, you know - what were they collecting and who were they reporting to?"

The lawmakers were briefed by Rosenstein, FBI Director Chris Wray and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper suggested there was a "parallelism" between the Russian Federation and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election, though he said he has not seen evidence of collusion between the two. When asked if Trump told him that, Giuliani said no but that it's a safe assumption. Experts who have studied autocrats around the world for the past 30 years have identified four common tactics used by autocrats to attack the societal structure in which they reside to sure up their political hold on power. The White House says chief of staff John Kelly and lawyer Emmet Flood showed up to give remarks, but did not stay for the briefings.

Clapper says Trump has set a "new low bar" for ethics and morality and has caused "societal damage" that will take years to fix.

Nunes and Gowdy had been requesting secret information from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for months about the Russian Federation investigation, and he had resisted.

The White House had initially said that the Democrats had not formally requested to take part in the briefing, despite calls from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for the meeting to be bipartisan.

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