FBI, Justice Department Leaders Meet Over Trump Informant Allegations

President Donald Trump speaks at the Susan B. Anthony List 11th Annual Campaign for Life Gala at the National Building Museum Tuesday

"I don't have a great answer for them", Comey said of social media companies including Facebook and Twitter, which were major venues for what USA intelligence agencies have said was a Russian-sponsored effort to help President Donald Trump win the 2016 US election.

Earlier on Tuesday, a group of Republican lawmakers called for the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate the probe into Trump's campaign, Russian Federation and the 2016 us election, as Trump ramped up his own criticism of the Department of Justice. That's because back in 2007, the head coach of the New England Patriots was caught spying on his rivals, the New York Jets.

The pair of high-level briefings for lawmakers is an effort to ease Republican pressure over the Russian Federation investigation, after President Trump said that a confidential informant made contact with several of his top advisors during the 2016 presidential campaign.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said no Democrats were invited because they had not requested the information, despite calls from lawmakers for the briefing to be bipartisan.

The statement from the White House added: "They also conveyed the President's understanding of the need to protect human intelligence services and the importance of communication between the branches of government".

It remained unclear what, if any, spying was done.

WHERE WE GO FROM HEREIn Trump's corner are several House Republicans who are demanding access to the FBI's closely guarded secrets in the Russian Federation probe, including details on the Russian Federation informant.

We may have to wait for the inspector general's report on that.

Trump fired Comey as the FBI investigated the Russian election interference, setting the stage for the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his wide-ranging inquiries.

White House seizes on claim of Federal Bureau of Investigation spy inside campaign
"But the lead that they buried is - the word that you nearly never see in the Times [piece] ... is counterintelligence".

Trump's closest conservative allies in Congress have been clamoring for access to the classified documents. Lindsey Graham and Texas Sen. White House is calling it an immigration event.

The meeting scheduled for Thursday was encouraged by Trump and brokered by the White House.

The president demanded the Justice Department investigate the accusations and turn over any relevant documents to Congress.

Trump escalated his efforts to discredit the investigation Wednesday, tweeting: "Look how things have turned around on the Criminal Deep State".

The events took place under then FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired a year ago, and before Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former federal prosecutor and FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel. "How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?" tweeted Comey, a former Republican who now identifies as an independent.

The back and forth between Congress and the Justice Department over the Nunes request - one of many over the course of the Russian Federation investigation - has been simmering for weeks.

Take away the "I hope it's not so" gag and you've pretty much got House Intel Chair Nunes' talking points to the world after tomorrow's meeting, in which he and Oversight Chair Trey Gowdy will meet with senior Justice Department, FBI and intelligence officials about demands for docs related to a confidential intelligence source. Sharyl Attkisson compiles "8 signs pointing to a counterintelligence operation deployed against Trump's campaign".

Special counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors have asked a federal judge to start the process of sentencing a former Trump campaign adviser.

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