Republicans to view classified information on claims Federal Bureau of Investigation snooped on Trump campaign

Cornelia Mascio
Mag 23, 2018

The meeting will mark the next milestone in President Trump and conservative lawmakers' long-running feud with the Justice Department over the FBI's use of a confidential source in what is now special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation.

President Donald Trump's legal team is trying to cut a deal on the president's potential interview with special counsel Robert Mueller's team, pushing to keep any of Trump's actions after he won the presidency off the table.

Meadows and others have said the Justice Department has been unconscionably slow to furnish records related to the FBI's scrutiny of Trump's campaign, even under subpoena.

There was no immediate response from House leadership aides on whether the measure might come up for a vote.

"That would be one of the biggest insults that anyone has ever seen", the president said during a White House sitdown with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Trump's lawyers, who are urging Mueller to wrap up his investigation, are looking for a way to get him to agree to limit - or eliminate - questions regarding Trump's conduct after he won the presidency, especially those related to whether he might have obstructed justice while in office.

Former Trump campaign aide Carter Page on Tuesday discussed his encounters with an Federal Bureau of Investigation confidential source during the 2016 campaign, saying he "never found anything unusual".

"When we finally find out the truth about this, Director Clapper and the rest of them will be wearing some orange suits", he said.

The group, some of the president's most vocal supporters on Capitol Hill, have vented about the Mueller investigation and DOJ for months, accusing the department of not fulfilling requests for documents and information and its senior officials and some investigators of political bias, citing some members' donations to Democrats and Democratic causes. The objective is to review highly classified information the lawmakers have been seeking on the handling of the Russian Federation investigation.

Rep. Mark Meadows speaks as during a news conference, May 22, 2018 on Capitol Hill.

Trump also weighed in on the informant allegations again Tuesday, after meeting with FBI Director Wray and Rosenstein at the White House on Monday.

Their goal is to move past a standoff that threatens to drag out Mueller's investigation, and appears to be part of a larger strategy to negotiate with the special counsel through the media. Press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday the meeting would be Thursday.

Sanders said FBI Director Christopher Wray, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and Justice Department official Edward O'Callaghan will meet with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy.

"To my knowledge, the Democrats have not requested that information", she said.

The top Democrat on the House intelligence panel, California Rep. Adam Schiff, said the briefing should have been done through the bipartisan "Gang of 8", which includes Republican and Democratic leaders and the top Republicans and Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence panels.

USA officials have told CNN there was no such source planted inside Trump's campaign to provide information to investigators.

Giuliani also told the Times Mueller's team should finish up their probe of Trump's actions by September 1 so it wouldn't harm the Republican Party at the ballot box in the November election.

"Sadly they have allies in Congress who are all too happy to help in destroying these institutions", Schiff said.

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