Republicans call for counsel to probe FBI's handling of 2016 election

FBI Director Christopher Wray departs after a meeting with President Donald Trump on FBI investigations into Russia and the 2016 Trump presidential campaign at the White House in Washington D.C

Republicans call for counsel to probe FBI's handling of 2016 election

But Trump has raged over the story nonetheless. He was only there to spy for political reasons and to help Crooked Hillary win - just like they did to Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersTrump claims a "spy" on his campaign tried to help "Crooked Hillary" win Rising star Abrams advances in Georgia governor race Webb: "Drain the swamp MORE, who got duped!"

"Excuse me, I have the president of South Korea here", Trump said. "It would make probably every political event ever look like small potatoes". "I hope there weren't, frankly".

On Sunday, Trump demanded via tweet the Justice Department "look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for political Purposes".

Former Trump campaign aide Carter Page on Tuesday discussed his encounters with an Federal Bureau of Investigation confidential source during the 2016 campaign, saying he "never found anything unusual".

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The New York Times and The Washington Post have reported a confidential source spoke to Page and Trump campaign co-chairman Sam Clovis, as well as campaign adviser George Papadopoulos.

But officials have denied the confidential source was somehow embedded within Trump's campaign.

President Donald Trump declined to say Tuesday whether he has confidence in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, escalating pressure on the Justice Department as his White House negotiated rare access to classified documents for his congressional allies.

Earlier on Tuesday, a group of Republican lawmakers called for the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate the probe into Mr. Trump's campaign, Russian Federation and the 2016 US election, as Mr. Trump increased his own criticism of the Department of Justice.

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The matter's sensitivity is such that Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark R.


"It is scheduled to take place on Thursday of this week".

The meeting attendees will be Devin Nunes, chairman of the House of Representatives intelligence committee, and Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House oversight committee, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the daily news briefing. The FBI director, Christopher Wray, the director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, and the acting principal associate deputy attorney general, Ed O'Callaghan are also expected to attend, she said at the daily White House press briefing. And the White House said that Trump chief of staff John Kelly would organize the meeting with House lawmakers to review the documents, although he and other White House staffers would not be present.

In response, the Justice Department moved to defuse the confrontation by asking its watchdog to investigate whether there was inappropriate surveillance. "So hopefully they will all be able to get together", he said. "He doesn't want to hear these questions, if you don't mind".

He characterized the alleged spying as a scandal of historic proportions.

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So, in other words, Trump was demanding an investigation of the investigators who are investigating him. House Speaker Paul Ryan has said repeatedly, however, that he believed Mr.


"A lot of people are saying they had spies in my campaign".

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