FBI, DOJ to brief lawmakers on handling of Russian Federation probe on Thursday

ImagePresident Trump spoke on Tuesday at the Susan B. Anthony List

ImagePresident Trump spoke on Tuesday at the Susan B. Anthony List

The FBI and Department of Justice will brief lawmakers Thursday on classified material they have requested relating to the FBI's actions during the 2016 campaign, the White House announced Tuesday.

The meeting, which was not on the White House's public schedule, occurred the day after Trump demanded an investigation over a government informant's meeting with several people connected with his campaign in 2016.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats met Monday with Trump and White House chief of staff John Kelly.

No one from the White House is scheduled to be present, Sanders said - nor, at this point, are any senators or any Democrats, in defiance of a request from the Senate minority leader.

Meadows and others have said the Justice Department has been unconscionably slow to furnish records related to the FBI's scrutiny of Trump's campaign, even under subpoena.

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Mansor says the family will cooperate, but that authorities should not "be feeding social media trolls". When the task force starts tomorrow, it'll have no shortage of worldwide counterparts to work with.


Comey's firing and Flynn's hasty departure - he only served 24 days in the job and quit after reports surfaced that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of his communications with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the USA - led to questions about whether Trump hampered the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election.

The president went on a prolonged Twitter rant about the investigation on Sunday, asking when it was going to 'STOP.' He has long claimed he is the victim of a witch hunt. In a PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll from April, 84 percent of Republicans said they would vote against a congressional candidate who wants to impeach Trump, and 70 percent of Democrats said they would vote for a candidate who would seek impeachment. Press: Why Trump should thank FBI Trump administration sued for not releasing FBI morale survey results MORE and whether that constituted obstruction of justice.

"A lot of people are saying they had spies in my campaign", Trump told reporters during a meeting in the Oval Office with visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

In the same Quinnipiac poll, 54 percent of Americans said they think Mueller is conducting a "fair" investigation, but that response splits along partisan lines. House Speaker Paul Ryan has said repeatedly, however, that he believed Mr. Mueller should be allowed to continue his work.

With the demand, Trump entered into the realm of applying presidential pressure on the Justice Department regarding an investigation into his own campaign - a move few of his predecessors have made.

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has resisted past pressure from Trump to open or close politically charged cases, agreed this time to an apparent compromise: investigating the investigators for any irregularities with Federal Bureau of Investigation tactics would be left to the Justice Department's inspector general.

One outcome was an acknowledgment by the Justice Department that its IG, Horowitz, will expand an inquiry he was already conducting into the ongoing Russian Federation investigation to include its use of sources and surveillance.

Either way, Trump appears to have accomplished what he wanted from this dust-up.

"His "demand" DOJ investigate something they know to be untrue is an abuse of power, and an effort to distract from his growing legal problems", Schiff tweeted.

So, in other words, Trump was demanding an investigation of the investigators who are investigating him.

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It isn't clear how much the IG report could touch on the Russian Federation investigation, which was still in its earlier stages at the time when much of the action on the Clinton case was taking place in 2016. "... If true - all time biggest political scandal!" And last month, the president tweeted about "the Fake & Corrupt Russia Investigation", writing, "Mueller is most conflicted of all (except Rosenstein)".

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