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Trump not backing down on 'spy' allegations

30 May, 2018, 05:15 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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President Donald Trump repeated Thursday his false interpretation of how the former Director of National Intelligence explained the FBI's investigation of Russia's attempt to possibly infiltrate the Trump campaign in 2016 and reiterated a term for the alleged scandal that he created: "Spygate".

Trump has zeroed in on, and at times embellished, reports that a longtime USA government informant approached members of his campaign in a possible bid to glean intelligence on Russian efforts to sway the election.

President Donald Trump suggested Friday that an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant who made contact with his campaign during the 2016 election was "paid a fortune", boosting the unsubstantiated allegation a "spy" was implanted in his campaign for political purposes.

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.

On Thursday, two White House officials, including a lawyer who represents President Trump, attended meetings with top law enforcement officials about documents related to the ongoing investigation of Trump and his campaign.

Q Thanks, Sarah. I want to ask about this meeting the Chief of Staff is setting up with lawmakers regarding the documents that they requested about the Russian Federation investigation. They did nothing. They were anxious that Trump refused to divest himself of his businesses or release his tax returns or health information. Nunes also attended the meeting on Thursday.

In a later tweet Wednesday morning, Trump took issue with Clapper's assessment that the then-GOP nominee should have been grateful for the FBI's surveillance. This preposterous lie was dutifully repeated by Fox News and talk radio, ramping up pressure to the point where Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein felt it necessary to ask the department's inspector general to take a look.

The FBI at the time was investigating whether anyone in Trump's campaign worked with Russian Federation to help tip the election in Trump's favour. And, the President of the United States doing so - repeatedly - is something that would have been hard to imagine prior to Trump's arrival on the political scene.

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The second meeting included Schiff, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, Pelosi, Senate Intelligence Committee leaders Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), who later called Trump's spy claim "a misstatement".

"Whether it's Donald Trump's or Bernie Sanders', it's not right".

"Coupled with Comey's illegally leaked memos, this means the whole thing was a mistake and should never have happened", Giuliani said.

"A lot of people are saying they had spies in my campaign", Trump told reporters on Tuesday.

"His presence only underscores what Rudy Giuliani said: The president's legal team expects to use information gleaned improperly from the Justice Department or the president's allies in Congress to their legal advantage", Schiff said in a statement.

However, the president has faced criticism for attacking the Justice Department for alleging spying on the Trump campaign for political reasons.

"The collusion part, we are pretty comfortable with because there has been none", Giuliani said. A White House lawyer, Emmet Flood, and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly showed up for both briefings, although the White House had earlier said it would keep a distance, drawing criticism from Democrats.

The Justice Department had rejected Nunes' original request, writing in a letter in April that his request for information could put lives in danger. That controversy, though, quickly gave way to a new one, when Flood was spotted leaving the Justice Department after the first meeting had ended.

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