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Classified collusion briefing features top lawmakers, Federal Bureau of Investigation … and Trump's lawyer

President Trump speaks to the media as he walks across the South Lawn while departing the White House on Wednesday in Washington D.C Democrats Won't Get Data on Trump Campaign Intel Source
Jay Anderson | 26 May, 2018, 02:57

The former NY mayor said he was handling much of the public-facing role for Trump's legal team, while Jane and Martin Raskin - two new Florida lawyers on the team - are reviewing facts and interacting with Mueller's office.

The former New York City mayor sat down with the Washington Post on Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday and the New York Times on Sunday, for starters.

It raises the possibility that, had they moved forward, the obstruction investigation of the President could have already concluded by now.

Rudy Giuliani serves as Donald Trump's legal adviser but said he hasn't spoken to him in a couple of weeks.

Some Republicans in the House are calling for another special counsel to be named to investigate special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe and for the informant to be identified. A couple times a week'.

Originally, Giuliani had said publicly that he didn't believe Trump needed to honor the request from the special counsel.

The President's legal team discussed the logistics of holding the multi-hour interview session at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland, the sources said. 'No no no no no.

We'll just have to take his word for it, I guess, same as with Clapper's spiel about Russian Federation supposedly having swung the election. It makes my client happy'.

Asked if the Federal Bureau of Investigation had spied on Trump's campaign, Clapper said: "No, they were not".




"The safe course you hear every lawyer say is 'don't do the interview, ' and that's easy to say in the abstract", he explained.

The statement from the White House added: "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. And if Obama knew about it, why can't Trump?" Large dollars were paid to the Spy, far beyond normal.

"Starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in US history", Trump tweeted Thursday. "SPYGATE - a bad thing!"

The pair of high-level briefings for lawmakers is an effort to ease Republican pressure over the Russian Federation investigation, after President Trump said that a confidential informant made contact with several of his top advisors during the 2016 presidential campaign.

President Trump also quoted Judge Andrew Napolitano, who said it's clear that the government had eyes and ears all over the Trump campaign. Comey said he did not disclose the investigation involving Trump because it was at an early, sensitive stage. The use of informants is commonplace in counterintelligence and criminal investigations.

In a statement, Ryan later thanked the Justice Department for arranging the briefing but declined to elaborate, saying "I can not and will not comment on a classified session".

He said it would be illegal and a disgrace if reports of spying on his campaign were true. At the March 5 session, according to one of the sources, Mueller made the case that only Trump himself can talk about what his intent was regarding certain actions he took after assuming the presidency, which remains the Mueller team's position.

'It wasn't spying on the campaign, ' he said.

Under direct pressure from the president, Justice Department officials agreed to grant Republicans a briefing, and only later opened it up to Democrats. "Trying to understand were the Russians infiltrating, trying to gain access, trying to gain leverage and influence which is what they do".

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