Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Republicans, no Democrats, invited to see documents on USA election probe

Republicans, no Democrats, invited to see documents on USA election probe

Rosenstein was left off the list as Trump on Tuesday declined to say whether he had confidence in him.

Strzok was temporarily one of special counsel Robert Mueller's top investigators in the Trump-Russia probe before being removed after thousands of such biased texts became public.

The action then shifted to the US Capitol where Federal Bureau of Investigation director Chris Wray, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who oversees the Russian Federation investigation, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats helped brief the so-called Gang of Eight.

Justice Department officials also briefed other members of Congress ― the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" composed of congressional leaders and the top members of the intelligence committees from both parties― on Thursday afternoon. He was there in place of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, who received a last-minute invitation.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY, the top Senate Democrat, continued to push Thursday morning for the first meeting to be scrapped altogether, calling Nunes a "known partisan" out to undermine Mueller's investigation.

Nunes, an ardent Trump supporter, has been demanding information on an FBI source in the Russian Federation investigation, according to the Justice Department. Democrats say that the entire episode - including the president's involvement - is the latest gambit by Nunes and Trump to undermine the special counsel, Robert Mueller and gain information about his inquiry.

"Look how things have turned around on the Criminal Deep State". They go after Phony Collusion with Russian Federation, a made up Scam, and end up getting caught in a major SPY scandal the likes of which this country may never have seen before!

The president went on to warn Democrats, saying what goes around comes around.

It remained unclear what, if any, spying was done. This is exactly why the Mueller investigation itself had to be conducted. Trump has routinely broken norms about how the White House interacts with the Justice Department, which is supposed to have a degree of independence.

But Obama-era intelligence officials such as former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper blasted Trump for demanding accountability and transparency while claiming any spying was done for national security purposes. "How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?" tweeted Comey, a former Republican who now identifies as an independent.

At least 18 Republican lawmakers signed onto a resolution calling on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a special counsel to investigate the department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, accusing them of misconduct as Trump campaigned two years ago against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Take away the "I hope it's not so" gag and you've pretty much got House Intel Chair Nunes' talking points to the world after tomorrow's meeting, in which he and Oversight Chair Trey Gowdy will meet with senior Justice Department, FBI and intelligence officials about demands for docs related to a confidential intelligence source.

The IG is expanding the existing investigation into the Russian Federation collusion probe by examining whether there was improper, politically motivated surveillance of a Republican candidate by the Obama-led Justice Department.

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

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