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Donald Trump Elevates Conspiracy Theory To Government Plot On White House Lawn

25 May, 2018, 22:14 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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Neither Kelly nor Flood was present for the meetings themselves, according to the White House. "They're saying though that because the government term is "human intelligence informant" or something like that, that therefore it's not a spy".

The statement was issued by Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, and the top Democrats on the Senate and House intelligence panels, Warner and Rep. Adam Schiff. Those individuals left before the substance of it. Schiff, Nunes, Gowdy and Ryan were all seen arriving at the Justice Department just before the first meeting's noon ET start time.

"Emmet Flood's presence and statement at the outset of both meetings today was completely inappropriate ... his involvement - in any capacity - was entirely improper, and I made this clear to him", Schiff said.

At this point, Trump has earned the presumption that everything he says on the topic of the Russian Federation investigation is offered in bad faith and is nearly certainly false, until proved otherwise.

Giuliani also said that learning about the confidential source is a prerequisite for any special counsel interview with the President.

Haines, who had previously served as deputy Central Intelligence Agency director under John Brennan, was charged by the White House in the summer of 2016 with overseeing the US response to the Russian election attack.

In a move that injected the White House into the closed-door sessions on an investigation that affects the president, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Emmet Flood, a White House lawyer working on the Russian Federation probe, made opening remarks before departing the two sessions.

Similarly, the Justice Department allegedly strongly pushed back on revealing the informant's identity, but anyone with a passing familiarity with establishment Republican national security figures from the Cold War era could have figured out Halper's identity from the facts revealed in the Times and Post articles, as our friends at the Daily Caller did with alacrity.

ABC News first reported the plans to hold a separate briefing for Democrats, citing multiple administration and congressional sources. But Republican Senate leaders demanded an invitation for the so-called "Gang of Eight", a bipartisan group of senators who have access to the government's most sensitive secrets.

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Before the noon briefing, Rep. Gowdy told CBS News, without elaborating, "There are certain things you can only learn from documents and certain things you can learn from briefings".

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

But he said, "I look forward to the prompt completion of the Intelligence Committee's oversight work in this area now that they are getting the cooperation necessary. while protecting sources and methods".

"Nothing we heard today has changed our view that there is no evidence to support any allegation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any intelligence agency placed a spy in the Trump campaign or otherwise failed to follow appropriate procedures and protocols", Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, said after the meeting.

White HouseIf the Obama administration used an informant to spy on Donald Trump's presidential campaign "for political reasons", the president said last Friday, it would be the "all time biggest political scandal".

The back and forth between Congress and the Justice Department over the Nunes request - one of many over the course of the Russian Federation investigation - has been simmering for weeks.

Democrats demanded to receive the same briefing.

"I think that would be a good idea", Cornyn said. Initially offered only to Republicans, the briefings were the latest piece of stagecraft meant to publicize and bolster the allegations.

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