Published: Wed, May 23, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Trump Team's Mueller strategy: Limit the investigation and attack the investigators

Trump Team's Mueller strategy: Limit the investigation and attack the investigators

The effort has the support of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who went on Fox News on Monday and responded to Trump's tweet by saying, "it will not be enough to have [deputy attorney general] Rod Rosenstein and others at the Department of Justice investigate themselves... more nearly than anything else we've discussed in the past, this is a basis to appoint a second special counsel, someone who is independent".

Halper met three Trump campaign aides during 2016.

"I think we're finally seeing some semblance of a strategy emerge", said Alan M. Dershowitz, the Harvard Law School professor emeritus who speaks with the president from time to time but has declined to join his legal team.

"The review of highly classified documents in the midst of a highly charged partisan conflict raises the clear and present danger of illegal disclosure potentially catastrophic to confidential sources and operations", Blumenthal warned.

"A lot of people are saying they had spies in my campaign", President Trump said during his wide-ranging comments in the Oval Office during a press spray of a meeting with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in.

Late last week, some United States media identified a British-based American academic and former government official, with longstanding ties to the Central Intelligence Agency, as the informant who sought meetings with several Trump aides during the campaign at the FBI's request.

Sessions and the lawmakers urged Inspector General Michael Horowitz to review whether Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials abused their surveillance powers by using information compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British spy, and paid for by Democrats to justify monitoring Carter Page, a former campaign adviser to Trump.

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"While many in the media and the American public have been trying to bring down the President without evidence that President Trump colluded with Russian Federation to win the election, there is a ton of actual evidence of real misconduct that those same people have been attempting to completely sweep under the rug", Zeldin said at a news conference on the resolution.

It said senior officials from the US Justice Department and the FBI will meet congressional leaders to review highly classified information on the investigation. With the demand, Trump entered into the realm of applying presidential pressure on the Justice Department regarding an investigation into his own campaign - a move few of his predecessors have made.

"It's really important that we conduct the proper oversight of the executive branch to make sure that power is not or has not or will not be abused", House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters on Tuesday. They want the Justice Department to appoint a second special counsel to look into the work of the first, Robert Mueller.

"I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes - and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!" "If Chairman Nunes is there, (top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee Adam) Schiff should be there".

"If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action", Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement. The release of the full document is likely to invite new calls for potential criminal charges against McCabe and possibly former FBI Director James Comey.

Justice Department officials cited the safety of the source and others, as well as damage to relations with partner intelligence services, as reasons not to reveal the materials to Congress. Trump has the power to order the department to comply with congressional demands, but it is possible that department officials might resign in protest or refuse the order and force Trump to fire them.

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