Trump Steps Up Attacks on Russia Probe

Republicans renew push for second special counsel

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Trump demanded in a tweet on Sunday that the Justice Department investigate whether the department or the Federal Bureau of Investigation "infiltrated or surveilled" his campaign "for political purposes" and whether Obama administration officials were involved.

But Sanders insisted that Democrats were cut out because they had not requested the same materials that their Republican colleagues had.

"To my knowledge, the Democrats have not requested that information", she said.

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. "So hopefully they will all be able to get together", he said.

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.

Halper also approached Trump campaign advisers Sam Clovis and George Papadopoulos.

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"That would be one of the biggest insults that anyone's ever seen", Mr. Trump said.

Later Tuesday, Trump tweeted, "The spy was there early in the campaign and yet never reported Collusion with Russian Federation, because there was no Collusion".

Nunes's office did not respond to a request for comment, though other Republicans said they saw no reason their Democratic colleagues could not attend.

Ratcheting up pressure on the Russian Federation investigation, the White House announced that top FBI and Justice Department officials have agreed to meet with congressional leaders and "review" highly classified information the lawmakers have been seeking on the handling of the probe.

Trump's lawyers, who are urging Mueller to wrap up his investigation, are looking for a way to get him to agree to limit - or eliminate - questions regarding Trump's conduct after he won the presidency, especially those related to whether he might have obstructed justice while in office.

The matter's sensitivity is such that Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) had turned down previous offers for a briefing about the source, Warner's spokeswoman confirmed, over concerns that the classified information might leak from Capitol Hill.

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The back and forth between the Justice Department and Congress began with a classified subpoena from Nunes in late April.

"We've been here before", Meadows said.

"If they had spies in my campaign, during my campaign for political purposes, that would be unprecedented in the history of our country", he said.

"It was a former contractor for that agency who said that actual staff members of the agency had Hillary Clinton-related emails", he added.

There are still crucial unanswered questions in the investigation, and it's not clear when Mueller's work will conclude (though the White House often expresses hope that it will be soon).

"I think we're going to come out of this meeting feeling a little bit better about where we are", said Rooney, who has not supported calls for a second special counsel in the past.

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