After those meetings, none of the Republicans who attended had much of anything to say; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said only that nothing he learned surprised him.
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.
Initially offered only to Republicans, the briefings were the latest piece of stagecraft meant to publicize and bolster the allegations.
Trump's defenders in Congress and in the conservative news media insist that law enforcement and US intelligence services should stay out of partisan politics.
The action then shifted to the US Capitol where Federal Bureau of Investigation director Chris Wray, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who oversees the Russian Federation investigation, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats helped brief the so-called Gang of Eight.
The Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation held two classified meetings with leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives and the heads of the chambers' intelligence panels, after the president demanded a probe into allegations of infiltration into his team, a potential scandal Trump has branded "SPYGATE".
Trump has zeroed in on, and at times 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. Starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in USA history.
Haines, who had previously served as deputy Central Intelligence Agency director under John Brennan, was charged by the White House in the summer of 2016 with overseeing the USA response to the Russian election attack. They brought documents to Capitol Hill but did not share them, and made several remarks about the importance of protecting intelligence sources and methods. "I support both of them, and I don't really have anything to add to this subject based upon the Gang of Eight briefing that we had today, which was classified".
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, an ardent Trump supporter, originally demanded the information on an FBI source in the Russian Federation investigation. It told Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee to mind their own business, which they were doing, and so did some Democratic members, and the only thing wrong with that was everything.
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Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is looking into Russian interference in the election, any collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, possible obstruction of justice and whatever associated criminal activity might be uncovered.
"If they insist upon carrying out this farce, the White House and its Republican allies in the House will do permanent, longstanding damage to the practice of bipartisan congressional oversight of intelligence", he said. The second person also declined to be named because the meeting was classified.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had originally said that no one from the White House would attend the briefing, at which the investigation into Trump's campaign will be discussed. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr will also attend, along with the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence panel, Sen. The Justice Department said Kelly would participate in both meetings, but Schiff said he had been informed by the head of one intelligence agency that Kelly would not take part in the sessions.
Negotiations over release of the information stalled but restarted when Trump demanded, via tweet, on Sunday that the Justice Department investigate.
It remains unclear what, if any, spying was done.
In a series of tweets, Trump indicated that he is more than convinced that the then Barack Obama administration placed a spy on his presidential campaign.
"Everyone knows there was a spy, and in fact, the people who were involved in the spying are admitting that there was a spy.Widespread spying involving multiple people", Trump said quoting Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemingway, in a tweet.
"While it's a good thing that the Gang of Eight will be briefed, the separate meeting with a known partisan whose only intent is to undermine the Mueller investigation makes no sense and should be called off", Schumer said early Thursday.
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It also claims that settlements can be torn down and therefore do not prejudice the final status of the territory. The latter has also routinely been threatened by the United States and Israel not to make any moves in the ICC.