President Trump Claims ‘Spying’ on His Campaign Was Illegal. He’s Wrong

President Trump speaks to the media as he walks across the South Lawn while departing the White House on Wednesday in Washington D.C

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

Republicans had little to say immediately after the meetings.

Lowell says Kushner answered all questions that were asked and "is looking forward to continuing the work the president has asked him to do".

The former mayor was echoing a charge that Trump tweeted - that Clapper has "admitted" the Obama administration's Justice Department snooped on his 2016 campaign organization.

Initially, the justice and intelligence officials agreed to White House requests for a briefing only for two Republican House members.

Nunes has been quiet about what exactly he hopes to learn about the informant, saying only that his request is part of an oversight investigation into potential political bias and abuse of power within the Justice Department as it relates to the Russian Federation investigation. The mounting legal costs apparently also pressured Trump adviser Michael Flynn to to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, though the recent House Intelligence Committee appears to contradict that.

The top Democrat on the House intelligence panel, California Rep. Adam Schiff, said the briefing should have been done through the bipartisan "Gang of 8", which includes Republican and Democratic leaders and the top Republicans and Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence panels.

Spying on President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign for "national security" purposes would not provide the "clear criminal predicate" required to authorize such surveillance, retired FBI Special Agent James Wedick said Wednesday on "The Ingraham Angle".

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In a series of morning tweets, and later speaking to reporters, Trump assailed what he called "spygate", claiming that it could become "one of the biggest political scandals in history!"

Some Republicans in the House are calling for another special counsel to be named to investigate special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe and for the informant to be identified. Their presence was highly unusual in a sensitive congressional oversight briefing, and it raised the possibility that top aides to the president could gain access to closely held information about an investigation of the president and his associates.

After Democrats strongly objected that a GOP-only intelligence briefing was inappropriate, the Justice Department late Wednesday scheduled a second briefing for bipartisan congressional leaders and the same intelligence officials.

President Trump took to Twitter on Friday to address the ongoing accusations of a spy or informant on his campaign.

Trump's official explanation for firing Comey invoked a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein accusing the FBI director of misconduct in the 2016 investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server use.

The plans for the briefings - even those that were announced publicly - changed repeatedly in the hours leading up to them, the apparent result of a behind-the-scenes, partisan tug-of-war about who should be briefed, where, and alongside whom. This is exactly why the Mueller investigation itself had to be conducted. They brought documents to Capitol Hill but did not share them, and made several remarks about the importance of protecting intelligence sources and methods.

The FBI at the time was investigating whether anyone in Trump's campaign worked with Russian Federation to help tip the election in Trump's favor. Only President Trump could interpret this as an attempt to undermine his campaign.

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