Trump blasts Comey, Clapper, McCabe over 'SPYGATE'

Trump blasts Comey, Clapper, McCabe over 'SPYGATE'

But, after complaints by both parties, they added a second session for top Democrats and Republicans. The FBI began a counterintelligence investigation in July 2016 to determine if Trump campaign associates were coordinating with Russian Federation to tip the election.

Trump has made a point to us the label during latest attack on the Federal Bureau of Investigation, tweeting earlier this week: "SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!"

"They also conveyed the President's understanding of the need to protect human intelligence services and the importance of communication between the branches of government", the statement said. "He should know what is discussed", said Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City.

Trump's "spy" comments marked his latest attack on the FBI at a time when he feels mounting pressure from the ongoing investigation by Mueller, appointed a year ago by the Justice Department, into potential collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russian Federation and whether he has committed obstruction of justice.

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., attended the briefings and called Flood's presence "completely inappropriate", a sentiment he did not hide from Flood during the briefings.

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.

White House involvement in an investigation Justice Department investigation is rare.

TRUMP tweet: "Clapper has now admitted that there was Spying in my campaign".

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Friday dismissed a core facet of Donald Trump's ever-changing anti-FBI conspiracy, telling the Washington Post that despite the president's claims, "a confidential informant is not a spy". Their presence was highly unusual in a sensitive congressional oversight briefing, and it raised the specter that top aides to the president could gain access to closely held information about an investigation of the president and his associates. The department, though, has so far been unwilling to turn over documents to Congress about Halper, citing concerns about his safety and worries about damaging the United States' relationship with intelligence partners.

Trump turned the statement around, asking the same of Comey. But in the past 24 hours, fears about the substance of the meeting have taken a back seat to political bickering about the guest list. After Democrats complained about being excluded, Ryan and Schiff were invited.

Initially, the White House had planned for only House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes - its longtime co-conspirator in ginning up politically useful conspiracy theories - to receive this briefing.

"I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes - and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!"

Late Wednesday night, those involved agreed on a briefing for Nunes and Gowdy, and then a briefing for the Gang of Eight immediately after.

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