Giuliani: Briefing may prompt calls to end Russian Federation probe

May 28, 2018, 00:19
Giuliani: Briefing may prompt calls to end Russian Federation probe

Mr. Giuliani, however, questioned that finding, and the one by US intelligence agencies that Russian Federation was pulling the strings.

President Donald Trump's legal team wants a briefing on the classified information passed on to lawmakers about the origins of the FBI's Russian Federation investigation and may take it to the Justice Department as part of an effort to scuttle the probe, an attorney for the president said Friday.

The filing comes as President Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, has claimed that Mueller's attorneys told him that they intend to wrap up the aspect of the probe pertaining to allegations that Trump obstructed justice by September.

President Donald Trump's unproved assertions that the Federal Bureau of Investigation spied on his campaign puts a twist on an old trial lawyer's saying.

Donald Trump's lawyer again questioned the legitimacy of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, even as a possible interview between Mueller and the president looms. He then invoked the material compiled by former FBI Director James Comey before he was sacked. "They've been right about a lot of things; they've been wrong about a lot of things".

The Justice Department answered Trump's tweeted demand by announcing that an existing investigation by the Justice Department's inspector general will now "include determining whether there was any impropriety or political motivation" by the FBI. "It's a waste of $20 million of the taxpayers' money". "The whole thing is already a waste of money".

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"To my knowledge, the Democrats have not requested that information, so I would refer you back to them on why they would consider themselves randomly invited to see something they've never asked to", Sanders said Tuesday.

Justice Department officials didn't immediately return a message seeking comment on whether the president had requested a briefing similar to what was provided to members of Congress last week.

He says if that was inappropriate, special counsel Robert Mueller's entire probe may be "illegitimate". Information about Papadopoulos' contact with people linked to Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign triggered the FBI counterintelligence investigation that Mueller took over. Top congressional Democrats have argued that Republicans want to use the information to undermine the Russian Federation investigation.

Separately on Wednesday, Mueller's prosecutors asked a federal judge to start the process of sentencing former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, who has been a key witness in the investigation since his plea past year to lying to the FBI. Trump is seeing him that way nonetheless. "What did they get?"

The 46-year-old investment banker has now blamed the FBI's surveillance for driving his girlfriend away and bringing his consulting business to a grinding halt in an interview with the New York Post published Saturday.

So far, 19 people, including Trump's former campaign chairman and former national security adviser, have been charged in Mueller's investigation.

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As cynical as they might sound about Washington's capacity for reform - even in the likes of Mueller, a staunch Republican with a stellar public record - Trump supporters do care about accountability.

After the meeting, Ryan said that Republicans are now "getting the cooperation necessary" to resolve their demands for classified information.

Trump's defenders in Congress and in the conservative news media insist that law enforcement and US intelligence services should stay out of partisan politics.

Flood and White House chief of staff John Kelly attended the start of the briefings before leaving.

If the Justice Department judges some information to be too sensitive to release, it shouldn't change its opinion simply because the president applies pressure.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Flood and Kelly "were there to relay the President's desire for as much openness as possible under the law; and both left - as planned-before the substantive portion of the meeting began". Countering Trump, Schiff has said the controversy should be called "Lie-gate".

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"He's not the subject or target of that investigation".

President Trump's efforts to distort this story out of all proportion is reminiscent of the granddaddy of all the alternative facts he has served up during his presidency: the claim that President Barack Obama had ordered the tapping of his phones in Trump Tower. No evidence has emerged to show that Obama-era authorities placed an informant inside the Trump campaign. According to a US official familiar with the broader of the two meetings, the briefers did not reveal the name of the informant. Moderate Republicans were distressed that Trump politicized intelligence by holding classified briefings that excluded Democrats. The president intensified his attacks this week, calling it "spygate" and tweeting Thursday that it was "Starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in US history".

It remains unclear what, if any, spying was done.

A congressional source familiar with the meeting said that while present, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a staunch Trump defender, did not speak at all, and that other Republicans present did not aggressively push or defend Trump's spying allegations. The source, Stefan A. Halper, a former University of Cambridge professor and veteran of past GOP administrations, had contact with three advisers to the campaign when Trump was running for president to discuss foreign policy. Previously he said a decision wouldn't be made until after the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, scheduled for June 12 in Singapore. "I say e-mails that were put out in the public domain".

Information for this article was contributed by Jonathan Lemire, Eric Tucker and Mary Clare Jalonick of The Associated Press and by Rosalind S. Helderman of The Washington Post.

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