"SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!"
"Look how things have turned around on the Criminal Deep State".
The New York Times was the first to report that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had an informant who met several times with Trump campaign officials who had suspicious contacts linked to Russian Federation. Trump and his allies have sought to cast that as inappropriate political spying.
USA president Donald Trump: relentless tweeting and assault on U.S. intelligence agencies by Trump-friendly media may have an impact on Republican voters. Napolitano appeared on "Fox & Friends" earlier Wednesday morning. Many believe that talk of a deep-state conspiracy fires up Trump's base, feeding into the "us-versus-them" narrative of the election campaign, and evoking the idea of a Washington elite set on undermining the president and what he stands for. "So there's rules about, you know, ending and starting investigations because of the political cycle", said Graham. "Especially a campaign of the opposition party".
"No, James R. Clapper Jr., I am not happy", Trump wrote.
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.
Judy Woodruff reports House GOP leaders will get a rare, classified briefing on the issue.
The conceit of those claiming Mr. Trump has crossed some line in ordering the Justice Department to comply with oversight is that "investigators" are beyond question. Conservative media now has its marching orders, and soon enough the rest of the media will follow up with thumbsuckers titled "When Is a Spy Not a Spy?" or "The Spy Who Wasn't" or "Stop It. Stefan Halper Wasn't Spying on Trump".
Trump demands 'total transparency' from Justice Department about Federal Bureau of Investigation informant
"There's never been a Gang of Eight meeting with that kind of White House presence", he said. But the decision by Rosenstein to accede to Trump's demands has enraged many Democrats who argue that it lends credence to the latest Trump conspiracy theory and shows an unhealthy over-reach by the president into the work of the justice department. More than a year ago, he admitted as much in an interview with Lester Holt, when he said the Russian Federation investigation weighed heavily in his decision to fire FBI Director Jim Comey. And, he said, the leak could violate other laws and guidelines created to protect confidential sources. "How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?" That includes everyone from Trump Jr. and the former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, to campaign aide George Papadopoulos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
"I did a great service to this country by firing James Comey", Trump said.
No reporter asked Trump about that.
So that's where we are: President Trump made an obviously false charge, everyone acted as though it might be true, and we went through all this rigamarole only to find out that, yes, it was obviously false. "We're cleaning everything up".
Explaining a new policy aimed at stopping "piling on"-situations where companies are punished a couple of times for the same crime by different government agencies-he said: "The dictionary defines "piling on" as joining other people in criticizing someone, usually in an unfair manner". What we're doing is we're cleaning everything up.
Now, combine this 'nothing burger" with the debunked claims put forth in the Clinton-funded "Steele dossier, ' complete with "golden showers" in Moscow, and you have a very good case to "wrap up" the investigation, as Vice President Mike Pence recommended.
Shortly after 9:30 a.m., he fired off a two-word message in all capital letters: "WITCH HUNT!"
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