Clapper suggests 'parallelism' in actions of Russia, Trump campaign

Minnie Murray
May 29, 2018

The White House held a pair of classified briefings Thursday with senior congressional leaders on the FBI's use of a confidential informant to investigate alleged Russian ties to the Trump campaign.

And Trump's lawyers may take the information to the Justice Department as part of an effort to scuttle the ongoing special counsel probe.

He has embellished reports that a longtime USA government informant approached members of his campaign in a possible bid to glean intelligence on Russian efforts to sway the election. The article cites work by Rep. Devin Nunes, an ardent Trump supporter and head of the House intelligence committee, who has demanded information on an FBI source in the Russian Federation investigation.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr also attended the briefing but did not comment afterward. Trump has routinely broken norms about how the White House interacts with the Justice Department, which is supposed to have a degree of independence.

"The 13 Angry Democrats (plus people who worked 8 years for Obama) working on the rigged Russia Witch Hunt, will be MEDDLING with the mid-term elections, especially now that Republicans (stay tough!) are taking the lead in Polls".

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. Indeed, Republicans have said nearly nothing about the meetings, other than Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who agreed with the Democrats.

Where did the idea of a campaign "spy" in the Trump campaign originate?

"I hereby demand" seemed fit for a presidential proclamation, elevating Trump's direct command to a level above his many prior hints that he would like the Justice Department to prosecute his political enemies. This preposterous lie was dutifully repeated by Fox News and talk radio, ramping up pressure to the point where Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein felt it necessary to ask the department's inspector general to take a look.

Congressional Democrats issued a joint statement after the briefings saying that nothing changed their view that there isn't evidence to support allegations from some Republicans that the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any US intelligence agency placed a "spy" in the Trump campaign.

The latest scandal to hit Capitol Hill concerns the reports that Obama's FBI sent a so-called "academic" to infiltrate the Trump campaign, which immediately prompted the President to order an investigation into what are now his own secret police. Nunes has sought documents - over the Justice Department's objection - about the source, even threatening to hold in contempt law enforcement leaders who didn't comply. When asked if Trump told him that, Giuliani said no but that it's a safe assumption. Even Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told a reporter that the presence of Flood, who is handling the White House response to the special counsel investigation, was "a bit odd". And the White House said Kelly would organize the meeting with House lawmakers to discuss the documents, although he and other White House staffers would not be present.

Unsafe time when our country is led by those who will lie about anything, backed by those who will believe anything, based on information from media sources that will say anything.

What happened: CNN reported Mueller's team is probing the personal finances of Roger Stone, a longtime Trump ally who claimed ties to WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had said Tuesday that only Nunes and Gowdy would be briefed, because they were the only ones to request information.

Suggesting that the probe was launched on the backs of inappropriately obtained information was Giuliani's latest effort to discredit the investigation by painting it as a purely political event.

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