Spying on Trump Campaign Bolsters Calls For Second Special Counsel

Trump ‘Spies’ in my campaign would be biggest political scandal ever

Schumer said on the floor Tuesday that the White House's involvement in getting classified information in front of members of Congress is "highly irregular, inappropriate and unprecedented". 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.

Trump has attacked one flank by demanding an expanded investigation into the ongoing inquiry about Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether anyone in his campaign was involved. Comey later testified to Congress that internal reviews found no information to support the president's tweets.

She said for legal and political reasons, Trump should keep his hands off the investigation and let it play out.

He says it's high time for Republican congressional leaders to put their feet down and tell Trump that enough is enough - but he doesn't hold out much hope for them doing so. "If so, that would be a disgrace to this country".

The White House and its supporters have been sandblasting the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for months; the leaders of both law enforcement agencies have steadily been giving ground. The comments came just before White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that a meeting to allow House Republicans to review highly classified information on the Russian Federation probe will happen on Thursday.

In the summer and fall of 2016, the source, Stefan A. Halper, then an emeritus professor at the University of Cambridge, contacted three Trump advisers for meetings and talks that largely centered on foreign policy, The Washington Post reported last week.

But that has not satisfied some of Trump's biggest backers in Congress, who have ramped up the calls for a second special counsel amid a pressure campaign from House Republicans for the Justice Department to provide a range of documents to Congress, including those related to the confidential source. "And there's a huge difference there".

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Later Sunday, Rosenstein issued a statement saying, "If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action".

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has called Trump's claim of an embedded spy "nonsense".

Then Trump weighed in more strongly than ever with a "demand" for more information from the Justice Department, and Rosenstein acceded to it Monday.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump chief of staff John Kelly will broker the meeting between congressional leaders and the FBI, Justice Department and office of the Director of National Intelligence.

For Trump's supporters in the House, that is not good enough. "Obviously, the details of the cooperation that is a result of this meeting today will be a defining moment for the Department of Justice". "It is crystal clear that Chairman Nunes' intent is to interfere with the investigation, and Speaker Ryan is allowing it to happen".

Rudy Giuliani, who has represented the president for the last month during which he has given numerous interviews in defense of Trump, told The New York Times on Sunday that Mueller's investigators laid out a timeline to him of how the probe would progress while discussing a potential interview of the president.

The "ranking members" are the top minority party members on each committee.

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