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Democrats say briefings did not support Trump's claim of Federal Bureau of Investigation 'spy'

Democrats say briefings did not support Trump's claim of Federal Bureau of Investigation 'spy'”

The briefings were organized by the Justice Department and the Office of Director of National Intelligence.

In a move that injected the White House into the closed-door sessions on an investigation that affects the president, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Emmet Flood, a White House lawyer working on the Russian Federation probe, made opening remarks before departing the two sessions.

Republicans had requested the information for weeks, issuing a subpoena and warning top DOJ officials that if they refused they would hold them contempt of Congress.

Giuliani said he spoke Trump before he went on air and had permission to reveal Trump's involvement in the payment but White House officials admitted they first learned of it when Giuliani said it on air. "That is false", Schiff said. He says, "We are working to make that happen".

President Donald Trump's legal team wants a briefing on the classified information shared with lawmakers about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election and may take it to the Justice Department as part of an effort to scuttle the ongoing special counsel probe. In particular, the presence of Nunes, who was forced to step aside from oversight of the Russian Federation investigation for much of 2017 after an ethics complaint over disclosure of classified information, raised concern from Democrats.

The White House and Justice Department have agreed to hold a classified briefing with a bipartisan group of congressional leaders about the Russian Federation investigation, allowing Democrats access they had previously been denied.

As Republicans worked to show a Justice Department conspiracy against Trump, Democrats and former law enforcement officials defended the agency.

Democrats had objected to a briefing scheduled for Thursday with two House Republicans and no Democrats.

Former U.S. Secret Service agent Dan Bongino told Ingraham that "the biggest open question" in this entire Trump campaign surveillance controversy is, "What was the genesis moment in this campaign?"

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Shah says tomorrow's briefing will go on. Mueller took over the investigation when he was appointed in May 2017.

That's according to Kushner's lawyer, Abbe Lowell.

But he said, "I look forward to the prompt completion of the Intelligence Committee's oversight work in this area now that they are getting the cooperation necessary. while protecting sources and methods".

Clapper sought further to clear it all up in a friendly interview with Judy Woodruff on the PBS NewsHour last night.

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.

Asked by host Joy Behar if Trump should be happy that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was looking out for Russian involvement in the election, Clapper said, "He should be".

Giuliani indicated to the Washington Post that the president has vacillated on whether to follow his legal team's advice about the request from Mueller. Democrats immediately criticized the move, accusing the GOP of politicizing intelligence by initially excluding Democrats from the classified briefing.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, wants an investigation into how the name of a confidential intelligence source appeared in the press.

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