Trump Lawyer Attended DOJ Meeting On Confidential FBI Informant

Donald Trump Alleges Spy Placed in 2016 Presidential Campaign

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More to the point, special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's meddling in 2016 to undermine our democracy, repeatedly called a "witch hunt" by Trump, has resulted in 22 indictments or guilty pleas and a sentencing.

And neither Trump nor White House officials have provided any evidence for their most explosive claim - that the "spy" was placed there at the behest of the Obama White House to collect information that could be helpful to Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Trump fired Comey as the FBI investigated the Russian election interference, setting the stage for the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his wide-ranging inquiries.

"Really from the beginning of his presidency, President Trump has not observed the time-honored norm that's been in place at least since Watergate that there should be a real division between the Department of Justice and the White House", she said.

Republicans had requested the information for weeks, issuing a subpoena and warning top DOJ officials that if they refused they would hold them contempt of Congress.

The Justice Department answered Trump's tweeted demand by announcing that an existing investigation by the Justice Department's inspector general will now "include determining whether there was any impropriety or political motivation" by the FBI.

In a tweet Thursday, during a stormy week on Twitter by the president, Trump said James Clapper acknowledged there was "Spying in my campaign", meaning an informant implanted inside the operation. James Comey was one of them.

The legal team also "wanted to know what was on Mueller's mind" after all the material they and the White House provided to the special counsel. A secret FBI source met with Trump campaign officials several times during the 2016 campaign, according to the newspapers, as part of the FBI's investigation into Russian interference with the election.

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After the meetings were over, the Democrats who attended released a brief statement.

Outside of directly quoting the president or someone else using the phrase, they have banned the use of "Spygate" as a generic reference in news accounts about the FBI's use of an informant to gather information on Trump's campaign in 2016.

'The crimes that have already been committed against President Trump, myself and the entire Trump movement are much worse, ' he said.

Trump continued to rail against law enforcement on Twitter on Thursday, repeating unsubstantiated claims that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had planted a spy in his campaign. "Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims".

"There's never been a Gang of Eight meeting with that kind of White House presence", he said. They're lies. They should have been greeted with headlines reading, "President Trump lies to public about Russian Federation investigation".

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.

Emmet Flood, the White House attorney dealing with the Russian Federation investigation, attended part of the classified briefing and was spotted leaving the DOJ headquarters alongside House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), and White House chief of staff John Kelly.

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