Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

President Trump: 'SPYGATE' Could Be One of the Biggest Scandals in History

President Trump: 'SPYGATE' Could Be One of the Biggest Scandals in History

Two much anticipated congressional briefings on the FBI's use of an informant in the investigation into potential Russian collusion with the Trump campaign in 2016 featured an unusual guest on Thursday: Donald Trump's lawyer Emmet Flood.

"If the spying was inappropriate, that means we may have an entirely illegitimate investigation", Giuliani said of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

In a series of tweets Wednesday, the president said Democrats continuously go after a phony collusion with Russian Federation narrative, which is a made-up scam.

Democratic leaders in Congress said they heard no evidence in a classified briefing on Thursday to substantiate Trump's claim.

During a discussion on MSNBC about the DOJ briefing, Miller asserted that Republicans had "corrupt" motives in pushing for the identity of the confidential informant - even though Democrats were told they they would be allowed to attend.

Asked before a private meeting Tuesday with the president of South Korea if he has confidence in Rosenstein, who is overseeing the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation, he told reporters to move on to another question.

Two House lawmakers - Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy - were invited to attend both briefings, as were Kelly, Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray and National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, according to the Justice Department.

Justice Department officials also briefed other members of Congress ― the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" composed of congressional leaders and the top members of the intelligence committees from both parties― on Thursday afternoon.

Democrats and their media allies are again shouting "constitutional crisis", this time claiming President Trump has waded too far into the Russian Federation investigation.

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Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, pointed out that the intentional disclosure of the identity of a covert agent is a crime under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. Democrats say that the entire episode - including the president's involvement - is the latest gambit by Nunes and Trump to undermine the special counsel, Robert Mueller and gain information about his inquiry.

Trump escalated his efforts to discredit the investigation Wednesday, tweeting: "Look how things have turned around on the Criminal Deep State. What goes around, comes around!"

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

A forthcoming report from the Inspector General's office reportedly contains evidence that senior FBI officials used the resources of the federal agency to infiltrate the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.

The proposed January interview came amid intensifying talks at the time as Mueller pressed the President's team for a sit-down as the only way the investigators could determine the President's intent on actions after his inauguration.

"Meanwhile, the Associated Press revealed this week that the president recently told a confidante that he wanted "'to brand" the informant a "spy, ' believing the more nefarious term would resonate more in the media and with the public'". "They acknowledged to us orally that they understand that they can't violate the Justice Department rules". Trump took aim at Comey earlier this week, tweeting that the former director was a "terrible and corrupt leader" who "inflicted great pain" on the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?" he asked in his tweet.

Rudy Giuliani serves as Donald Trump's legal adviser but said he hasn't spoken to him in a couple of weeks.

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