White House Lawyer Joins Secret Briefings About FBI Informant

Wednesday, 30 May, 2018

After hours of discussion, though, there seemed to be little in the way of resolution.

Mueller's lawyers had redacted information from two affidavits used to get search warrants in the Manafort investigation.

"If we learned a good deal from it, it will shorten that whole process considerably", Giuliani added, suggesting the briefings could speed up the process for special counsel Robert Mueller's team to interview Trump. The Justice Department hasn't said what information will be shared with lawmakers and Kelly about the informant.

This is either another hint that either Giuliani's client may not be totally innocent, or that Trump intends to scour academia for the best postmodernist philosophers to join his legal team. He previously had said that a decision would not be made about an interview until after Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a meeting the president cancelled Thursday but the White House is open to reviving.

A top congressional Democrat is urging the Justice Department and the FBI to launch a criminal investigation into how a confidential informant's name made its way into media coverage.

However, the president has faced criticism for attacking the Justice Department for alleging spying on the Trump campaign for political reasons. According to the US official and another person briefed on the Capitol Hill meeting, Nunes did not speak at all during the briefing.

"If they don't show us these documents, well, we are just going to have to say no", Giuliani said.

He defended Flood's attendance at the briefings Thursday.

"Every serious person in law enforcement- I said serious by the way, in law enforcement that I know, not the hacks out there trying to cover for this, knows what happened here was a spying operation!" "As always, I can not and will not comment on a classified session".

The Post identified the informant as a retired American professor who has worked with the FBI and the Central Intelligence Agency for years and helped the Russian Federation investigation before and after Special Counsel Robert Mueller's appointment.

"They were spying on, a term I don't particularly like, but on what the Russians were doing", General.

"If the Federal Bureau of Investigation knew it was going on, why did they not do a defensive briefing?"

As cynical as they might sound about Washington's capacity for reform - even in the likes of Mueller, a staunch Republican with a stellar public record - Trump supporters do care about accountability. Mr. Trump said in an early morning tweet Wednesday.

The FBI source, a longtime Republican and former University of Cambridge professor Stefan A. Halper, had contact with at least three advisers to Trump during the campaign.

"A lot of people are saying they had spies in my campaign", Trump told reporters on Tuesday. Starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in US history. "SPYGATE-a bad thing!" Trump tweeted Thursday.

The two meetings held Thursday were sought by Trump's GOP allies in Congress and arranged by the White House, as the president has tried to sow suspicions about the legitimacy of the FBI investigation. The request for the latest documents are the latest in a series of subpoenas to the Justice Department for sensitive information.

"To my knowledge, the Democrats have not requested that information, so I would refer you back to them on why they would consider themselves randomly invited to see something they've never asked to", she said at the time.

White House involvement in an investigation Justice Department investigation is rare. "And I actually find it shocking", Carlson later told Bongino. "What is the point of the separate briefing if not to cause partisan trouble?" He's also claimed that the investigations are part of a "deep state" conspiracy to undermine both his campaign and his administration. Trump asked in one tweet. But Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said both left "as planned before the substantive portion of the meeting began", and "were there to relay the president's desire for as much openness as possible under the law". "After making their brief comments they departed before the meetings officially started".