White House: US Intel Community to Brief Republicans on Russiagate

President Donald Trump went after former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper saying he was'not happy about what he termed'spying on his campaign

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement that the plan for the White House to hold the meeting "where "highly classified and other information" will be shared with members of Congress is highly irregular and inappropriate" because, in Schumer's view, "the president and his staff should not be involved in the viewing or dissemination of sensitive investigatory information involving any open investigation, let alone one about his own activities and campaign".

President Donald Trump on Tuesday took more Twitter swipes at a suspected Federal Bureau of Investigation informant - "spy" - infiltrating his campaign, calling on investigators to "follow the money" and accusing Democrats of working to help Hillary Clinton win.

But the FBI was not spying on his campaign for political reasons, as the president characterized it - according to reports, the bureau sent an informant to gather information from a pair of Trump campaign aides after evidence suggested they had shady dealings related to Russian Federation.

Former FBI Director James Comey, who was sacked by Trump a year ago, said the agency's use of secret informants was "tightly regulated and essential to protecting the country".

At the same time, some former Justice Department and intelligence officials say there's not only so far no evidence of a scandal but that Trump is overstepping the bounds that should constrain presidential interference in an ongoing investigation.

Earlier this week, the president met with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray in the Oval Office, discussing the expansion of Inspector General Michael Horowitz's investigation to include "irregularities" with the FBI or DOJ's "tactics concerning the Trump campaign".

Clapper discussed the use of an FBI informant on'The View
Clapper discussed the use of an FBI informant on'The View

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has called Trump's claim of an embedded spy "nonsense". That group regularly receives classified briefings.

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"If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action", he said.

The Justice Department's internal probe began in March at the request of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and congressional Republicans. The goal is to review highly classified information the lawmakers have been seeking on the handling of the Russian Federation investigation. The panel didn't publicize the subpoena, but the Justice Department released a letter it sent to Nunes rejecting the request for information "regarding a specific individual".

The Justice Department said the White House had signed off on its letter, but Nunes wasn't satisfied, and continued to pressure the department. "Spygate" is getting pretty exhausted from overuse, having tagged Robert Novak's public identification of Valerie Plame as a Central Intelligence Agency officer back in 2003 and, more recently, the New England Patriots videotaping of New York Jets coaches' signals.

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