A group of House Republicans called Tuesday for the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate concerns about the Department of Justice and FBI, just days after Trump first called for an investigation into whether his campaign was "infiltrated or surveilled" for by an alleged FBI informant.
Sanders said Democrats would not attend the meeting because they have not requested the information Congressmen Nunes and Gowdy want to see. "If they had spies in my campaign, during my campaign for political purposes, that would be unprecedented in the history of our country".
The move stoked some consternation in Congress. Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, said previously that he expected to be invited and said Democrats being shut out was "another serious abuse of power".
His tweets prompted the Justice Department to ask its inspector general to expand an ongoing probe into the surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page to include a review of whether the FBI was politically motivated in its investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election. "That's my guess. We're trying to get clarification from the department", Schiff said.
Sara said I'm wrong: "An informant is very different from a spy".
The meeting will mark the next milestone in President Trump and conservative lawmakers' long-running feud with the Justice Department over the FBI's use of a confidential source in what is now special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation.
The president's outside lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, told NPR that Mueller's office has told the president's legal team that the part of the investigation involving the president-both the question of obstruction and collusion-would conclude by September 1 if the much-debated interview with Trump takes place by mid-July.
A Justice Department spokeswoman referred inquiries to the White House.
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There's no date for him to meet with Lighthizer and Freeland, Guajardo said. "He's not going to stop until he gets it", she added. Kind said Lighthizer was "hopeful" that he could rebalance the trade agreement to ensure bipartisan support.
Caputo said he was approached in early May 2016 by an intermediary "who had been talking to a government official" looking to connect with the Trump campaign - purportedly to hand off Hillary Clinton-related emails.
Mueller and the Trump-appointed Rosenstein are registered Republicans, and the special counsel's team is made up of members affiliated with both parties.
The back and forth between the Justice Department and Congress began with a classified subpoena from Nunes in late April.
U.S. officials have told CNN there was no such source planted inside Trump's campaign to provide information to investigators.
"We need a special prosecutor to investigate the special prosecutor, to investigate Rosenstein", Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein vowed the Justice Department would look into whether there was any wrongdoing in its Russian Federation investigation.
Grassley said he wants emails, phone records, notes and other materials by Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr related to the former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, who wrote the dossier. And, you know, he's someone who is, you know, long term, someone who had been in, part of the establishment in Republican politics.
The Justice Department said the White House had signed off on its letter, but Nunes wasn't satisfied, and continued to pressure the department.