FBI, Justice Department Leaders Meet Over Trump Informant Allegations

White House lawyer Emmet Flood left and White

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who brokered the meetings, will participate by getting them started, but will not stay, according to sources familiar with the matter. Their attendance was just one of the many twists that accompanied the remarkable back-to-back briefings between senior Trump administration officials and two different groups of lawmakers.

"I don't see any reason why any rational, sane person would have any problem with this", said Simon, an attorney and former Army JAG officer who routinely spars with Republicans on the House floor.

But Democrats slammed the fact that Flood was there at all.

Republican leaders Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Reps. Those individuals left before the substance of it.

Trump has been railing against the informant for days, dubbing the incident "Spygate" and saying it "could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!"

"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. It goes like this: President Trump makes a ridiculous accusation that nearly everyone immediately understands to be false. Former top White House aide Steve Bannon predicted in an interview to be broadcast today that Roseinstein will be fired "very shortly". If he is not careful, the spectacle of an unhinged, unprincipled president treating the DOJ as his personal law firm may yet persuade voters, or even members of Congress, that Trump does not belong in the White House.

On Thursday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy will meet with DOJ officials, who are expected to turn over documents detailing the federal intrusion of the Trump campaign.

Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, said "there's never been a Gang of 8 meeting with a White House presence".

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Nunes and Gowdy both declined comment after their briefing.

"Inherent in the committee's work is the responsibility to ask tough questions of the executive branch", Ryan said.

Spying on President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign for "national security" purposes would not provide the "clear criminal predicate" required to authorize such surveillance, retired FBI Special Agent James Wedick said Wednesday on "The Ingraham Angle".

Nunes has been quiet about what exactly he hopes to learn about the informant, saying only that his request is part of an oversight investigation into potential political bias and abuse of power within the Justice Department as it relates to the Russian Federation investigation.

Democrats, for their part, emerged from the briefings unmoved.

"I think James Comey's got a lot of problems", Trump said Wednesday. Initially offered only to Republicans, the briefings were the latest piece of stagecraft meant to publicize and bolster the allegations.

The action then shifted to the US Capitol where Federal Bureau of Investigation director Chris Wray, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who oversees the Russian Federation investigation, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats helped brief the so-called Gang of Eight. The first meeting was held at the Justice Department while the "Gang of Eight" briefing was on Capitol Hill. Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein agreed to Trump's request that the department of justice would expand an existing probe to investigate any irregularities in the FBI's contacts with the Trump campaign in 2016. Tensions between the president and the intelligence community intensified after he took office, culminating in the firing of FBI chief James Comey and Trump's own frustration with attorney general Jeff Session for recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

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