Lawmakers are briefed on Trump ‘spy’ claim

Rudy Giuliani serves as Donald Trump's legal adviser but said he hasn't spoken to him in a couple of weeks

Rudy Giuliani serves as Donald Trump's legal adviser but said he hasn't spoken to him in a couple of weeks

The pair of high-level briefings for lawmakers is an effort to ease Republican pressure over the Russian Federation investigation, after President Trump said that a confidential informant made contact with several of his top advisors during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., attended the briefings and called Flood's presence "completely inappropriate", a sentiment he did not hide from Flood during the briefings.

While there is no constitutional provision that says the president's personal lawyer can not make a statement at a classified briefing, legal scholars expressed misgivings.

It remains unclear what, if any, spying was done.

"Meanwhile, the Associated Press revealed this week that the president recently told a confidante that he wanted "'to brand" the informant a "spy, ' believing the more nefarious term would resonate more in the media and with the public'". The coach, Bill Belichick, was fined $500,000 when people found out that he was filming the defensive signals to gain insider information about the team's tactics, reported NESN.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper denies the Trump team was spied
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper denies the Trump team was spied

Rudy Giuliani says that he's changed his mind about whether President Trump should honor the request from special counsel Robert Mueller to answer questions in his investigation into Russian interference and alleged collusion.

The White House has negotiated rare access to classified documents for Trump's congressional allies in a briefing expected Thursday.

The first of Thursday's meetings was originally intended for two Republicans, Nunes and Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy. Lindsey Graham and Texas Sen. John Cornyn made that request to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Tuesday.

White House involvement in an investigation Justice Department investigation is rare.

FBI Director Christopher Wray, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Acting Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Ed O'Callaghan are also expected to attend, she said.

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Some Republicans in the House are calling for another special counsel to be named to investigate special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe and for the informant to be identified.

"Look how things have turned around on the Criminal Deep State", Trump tweeted today.

The president went on to warn Democrats, saying what goes around comes around. "How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?".

While the Federal Bureau of Investigation disclosed the discovery of Clinton emails on Anthony Weiner's laptop weeks before the election, the only major story on the probe into her rival that leaked last October was a New York Times piece that all but exonerated Donald Trump in its headline.

The back and forth between Congress and the Justice Department has simmered for weeks.

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Trump's "spy" comments marked his latest attack on the FBI at a time when he feels mounting pressure from the ongoing investigation by Mueller, appointed past year by the Justice Department, into potential collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russian Federation and whether he has committed obstruction of justice.

In response to the tweet, the Justice Department immediately asked its inspector general to expand its ongoing investigation to look into whether there was any politically motivated surveillance of the campaign and agreed to hold the classified briefings. Neither Kelly nor Flood was present for the meetings themselves, according to the White House.

In an interview with Politico, the former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is also representing Trump, said that information from the meeting could help accelerate the investigation.

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