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Fact check: Trump puts words about spying in Clapper's mouth

Fact check: Trump puts words about spying in Clapper's mouth”

White House officials had at first arranged for only Nunes to be briefed.

Clapper added that Trump "should be" happy since the Kremlin is 'bent on undermining our system.' He also called the use of informants a 'fairly benign tool'.

Schiff said he does not believe the meeting is appropriate, particularly because the White House was involved in organizing it.

WASHINGTON-Top law enforcement and intelligence officials briefed congressional leaders from both parties Thursday about the FBI's use of an informant in the Russian Federation investigation - a highly unusual concession to Congress all but ordered by President Donald Trump.

West said that by calling for an investigation of the FBI, Trump is endangering democratic norms and "setting the precedent that chief executives can investigate the investigators".

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A congressional source familiar with the meeting said that while present, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a staunch Trump defender, did not speak at all, and that other Republicans present did not aggressively push or defend Trump's spying allegations.

"They acknowledged to us orally that they understand that they can't violate the Justice Department rules".

The intelligence grouping consists of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Pelosi, Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr, top intelligence Democrat Mark Warner, Nunes and Schiff.

Democrats had objected to a briefing scheduled for Thursday with two House Republicans and no Democrats. A writer for the conservative media website The Federalist told Carlson that "everyone knows there was a Spy" in Trump's 2016 campaign.

Shah says tomorrow's briefing will go on.

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"If the spying was inappropriate, that means we may have an entirely illegitimate investigation", Giuliani said of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

That's according to Kushner's lawyer, Abbe Lowell.

"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 for them to complete their work while protecting sources and methods", Ryan said.

It's not immediately clear when Kushner's second interview took placed or exactly what Kushner was asked.

The verbal proposal from the special counsel included about 16 subjects Mueller's team wanted to ask the President - including the firing of FBI Director James Comey, Russian contacts with the campaign and the firing of national security adviser Mike Flynn. This is information that does tie directly into the Robert Muller investigation.

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Prosecutors had been pushing off Papadopoulos' sentencing for months as he co-operated in the probe.

The New York Times reported deep in a May 17 story that the Federal Bureau of Investigation placed an "informant" inside Trump's campaign who "met several times with Mr. [Carter] Page and [George] Papadopoulos", two of Trump's former low-level campaign advisers. "There is not much you can say to this faction, because they refuse to consider the proof". Specifically, the president wants to know whether some in the nation's top law enforcement organization had political purposes for monitoring his campaign.

An attorney for Clovis told NPR that he remembered meeting Halper but that they mostly discussed China, not Russian Federation or its active measures campaign in 2016.

"When they look at the documents, I think people are going to see a lot of bad things happened", Trump said.

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