Published: Wed, May 23, 2018
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Republicans, no Democrats, to attend meeting on Federal Bureau of Investigation campaign surveillance: White House

Republicans, no Democrats, to attend meeting on Federal Bureau of Investigation campaign surveillance: White House

While some conservative Republican lawmakers have been critical of the deputy AG and the Russian Federation investigation, many GOP members have advised the president to leave Rosenstein in his post and allow the Russian Federation probe to run its natural course.

"Excuse me, I have the President of South Korea here", he said. "He doesn't want to hear these questions, if you don't mind".

Nunes, an ardent Trump supporter, has been demanding information on an FBI source in the Russian Federation investigation, according to the Justice Department.

In an upcoming article, Fordham University law professor Bruce Green and New York Law School professor Rebecca Roiphe argue that "the Department of Justice is independent of the President, and its decisions in individual cases and investigations are largely immune from his interference or direction".

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWH aides intentionally compose Trump tweets with grammatical mistakes: report Holder: DOJ, FBI should reject Trump's requests Ex-Trump campaign adviser rips claims of spy in campaign: It's "embarrassing" MORE's legal team is hoping to limit questions asked by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE during a potential interview to just questions regarding the issue of collusion with Russia, CNN reports.

"That would be one of the biggest insults that anyone has ever seen", the president said during a White House sitdown with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Sanders said no White House staffers - including Kelly - will be present at Thursday's meeting.

"To my knowledge, the Democrats have not requested that information", she said.

Republicans, no Democrats, to attend meeting on Federal Bureau of Investigation campaign surveillance: White House

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he and GOP chairman Richard Burr declined the offer of a DOJ briefing on the documents, citing their sensitive nature. That group regularly receives classified briefings. Two days later, Trump announced his intention to "demand" that the Justice Department "look into" that possibility. In response, the Justice Department moved to defuse the confrontation by asking its watchdog to investigate whether there was inappropriate surveillance.

A Justice Department spokeswoman referred inquiries to the White House.

The Justice Department probe began in March at the request of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and congressional Republicans.

After a meeting with Trump at the White House on Monday, top officials at the Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence agreed to share highly classified information with lawmakers related to the use of the confidential intelligence source during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Caputo said the Mueller team "never reached out" to his friend to check on the information, or to the contractor.

Trump clearly has no respect for those norms, except insofar as violating them hurts him politically.

Not all Republicans are on board with conservative House members' calls for a second special counsel - or with the allegations that Trump's campaign was the target of a spying operation.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper defended using an informant on ABC's "The View".

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