Fact check: Trump puts words about spying in Clapper's mouth

Democrats Won't Get Data on Trump Campaign Intel Source

In the meantime, Trump and closely aligned Republicans in Congress have flipped the tables on the politically damaging Russian Federation probe by calling for a new investigation - this time into whether the FBI spied on his presidential campaign in its own bid to sway the 2016 election.

One person close to the White House said senior aides have resisted efforts from Trump allies inside and outside Congress to ratchet up the pressure on Justice Department leaders over the FBI's use of a confidential source.

On Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said he and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., planned to send a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher A. Wray requesting that they reconsider meeting with GOP lawmakers.

"All you have to do is look at the basics and you'll see".

In a tweet Thursday, during a stormy week on Twitter by the president, Trump said James Clapper acknowledged there was "Spying in my campaign", meaning an informant implanted inside the operation. Initially offered only to Republicans, the briefings were the latest piece of stagecraft meant to publicize and bolster the allegations. The howls are a diversion from the actual crisis: the Justice Department's unprecedented contempt for duly elected representatives, and the lasting harm it is doing to law enforcement and to the department's relationship with Congress. The invite list evolved up until hours before the meeting - a reflection of the partisan distrust and the political wrangling. And the White House said that Trump chief of staff John Kelly would organize the meeting with House lawmakers to review the documents, although he and other White House staffers would not be present. That group regularly receives classified briefings. Mark Warner tweeted after the briefing.

"There's never been a Gang of Eight meeting with that kind of White House presence", he said.

The lengthy public wrangling between congressional Democrats, congressional Republicans and the White House has served mainly to hide the implications of this state intervention into the 2016 campaign, whose big scale entirely dwarfs the supposed "Russian meddling".

At issue are reports that a longtime USA government informant approached members of Trump's campaign in a possible bid to glean intelligence on Russian efforts to sway the election.

U.S. President Donald Trump has branded his latest attempt to discredit the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation as "spygate", part of a newly invigorated strategy embraced by his Republican colleagues to raise suspicions about the probe that has dogged his presidency since the start. The Justice Department hasn't said what information will be shared with lawmakers and Kelly about the informant.

It is unclear what information will be shared during the briefing.

But he said, "I look forward to the prompt completion of the Intelligence Committee's oversight work in this area now that they are getting the cooperation necessary. while protecting sources and methods".

On Thursday, Republican lawmakers will meet with intelligence officials to review classified information related to the Federal Bureau of Investigation informant.

Rosenstein will replace another Justice Department official who was originally scheduled to attend.

The IG is expanding the existing investigation into the Russian Federation collusion probe by examining whether there was improper, politically motivated surveillance of a Republican candidate by the Obama-led Justice Department. Ryan is attending fundraisers later Thursday in Houston.

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