The plot against Donald Trump

The plot against Donald Trump

Law enforcement officials have countered that using such informants amid counterintelligence investigations - which the FBI had launched in late July 2016 into Russian efforts to penetrate the Trump campaign - is standard procedure.

President Donald Trump's legal team and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators almost reached a deal on the timing, location and scope of a Trump interview in January before negotiations fell through because Trump's lawyers were at odds over the wisdom of letting the President testify. "The Special Counsel's investigation is not a closed matter, but an ongoing criminal investigation with multiple lines of non-public inquiry".

In a statement, House Speaker Paul Ryan wouldn't say what he learned, but said he looked forward to the "prompt completion" of the House Intelligence Committee's work now that they are "getting the cooperation necessary".

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. The first was held at the Department of Justice initially for two top Republicans, Devin Nunes, the chair of the House intelligence committee, and Trey Gowdy, the chair of the House government oversight and reform committee.

However, Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, eventually joined them after an outcry that the meeting would be partisan.

Nunes has been quiet about what exactly he hopes to learn about the informant, saying only that his request is part of an oversight investigation into potential political bias and abuse of power within the Justice Department as it relates to the Russian Federation investigation.

One of the founders of the conservative Federalist Society is advancing a controversial legal theory that Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation is unconstitutional.

The plot against Donald Trump

"What is the point of the separate briefing if not to cause partisan trouble?" he said. "And I don't know who this person was".

Democratic leaders in Congress said they heard no evidence in a classified briefing on Thursday to substantiate Trump's claim.

The Republican senators did not comment publicly.

The pretext Trump seized on is the revelation that a longtime FBI and Central Intelligence Agency informant, described as a retired college professor, made contact with three Trump campaign associates before the election as part of the FBI's initial investigation into Russian meddling.

Trump's embattled attorney and fixer - who is under federal investigation for a range of potential crimes, including campaign finance violations related to his Stormy Daniels payout - apparently met with a Kremlin-connected oligarch shortly before the inauguration, the New York Times reported Friday. "But what about an "Informant" who is paid a fortune and who "sets up" way earlier than the Russian Hoax?"

The officials held two briefings to allow lawmakers to review classified information after President Donald Trump asserted, without providing evidence, that the Federal Bureau of Investigation "implanted" a spy for "political purposes" into his presidential campaign to help Hillary Clinton.

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