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Trump decries possibility of Federal Bureau of Investigation 'spies' in his campaign

23 May 2018

Gaetz on Tuesday called on House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, to put the resolution to appoint another special counsel on the House floor for a vote.

The members of Congress set to attend are Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the chairman of the House intelligence committee, and Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight Committee. But Sanders said no White House staffers - including Kelly - will be present at Thursday's meeting. Neither will any Democrats, meaning the information will likely become instantly politicized. "All of these accusations are false, but they do accomplish the goal of stirring the pot for people who are ill disposed toward the Democrats any way".

"To my knowledge, the Democrats have not requested that information", she said. Asked if he would take part, he told CNN: "I presume I am, but I don't know exactly what they have in mind". With the demand, Trump entered into the realm of applying presidential pressure on the Justice Department regarding an investigation into his own campaign - a move few of his predecessors have made.

"As you know, the Congress would like to see documents opened up".

"If they had spies in my campaign, that would be a disgrace to this country.

And I will tell you, when we finally find out the truth about this, Director Clapper and the rest of them are going to be wearing some orange suits".

"Make no mistake, what Trump said on Sunday was a big deal", he writes. "It would be very illegal aside from everything else".

"If they had spies in my campaign, during my campaign for political purposes, that would be unprecedented in the history of our country", he later added.

Democratic members have rejected the notion of a "spy" being deployed for political purposes, saying it is routine for law enforcement and intelligence officials to use informants when determining possible criminal actions.

Nunes has been locked in battle with the Department of Justice for months over documents about the confidential Federal Bureau of Investigation source, which the agency has so far refused to release after Nunes subpoenaed them, saying that doing so could endanger the source and strain USA relationships with intelligence allies. "If Chairman Nunes is there, (top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee Adam) Schiff should be there".

"The only thing more outrageous than this meeting occurring at all is the fact that it's now partisan", Schumer said.

Late in his career, Halper emerged as a vocal critic of President George W. Bush's interventionist foreign policy.

In recent weeks, Trump has stepped up his attacks on the Russian Federation investigation, aiming to erode trust in Mueller's integrity in the event the probe takes aim at the president himself.

But at other points in the interview, Gaetz had a hard time explaining how it's plausible to believe that a DOJ filled with Republican officials who were hand-picked by Trump could have it out for the president.

"Chairman Burr and I have been pretty clear that we don't think that information should even be shared with us", Warner said Tuesday.

She said for legal and political reasons, Trump should keep his hands off the investigation and let it play out. Doing so would immediately conjure memories of former President Richard M. Nixon's "Saturday Massacre" in which the president asked Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox, leading to a cascade of resignations culminating with Cox's eventual ouster.

Trump decries possibility of Federal Bureau of Investigation 'spies' in his campaign