White House Bars Democrats From Meeting on Russia Investigation Records

23 May, 2018, 14:53 | Author: Regina Silva
  • Republicans want special counsel to investigate Trump-Russia probe 'misconduct'

White HouseIf the Obama administration used an informant to spy on Donald Trump's presidential campaign "for political reasons", the president said last Friday, it would be the "all time biggest political scandal". Just 26 percent of Republicans said they think the probe is "fair", compared to 79 percent of Democrats.

Trump's lawyers, who are urging Mueller to wrap up his investigation, are looking for a way to get him to agree to limit - or eliminate - questions regarding Trump's conduct after he won the presidency, especially those related to whether he might have obstructed justice while in office.

"When we finally find out the truth about this, Director Clapper and the rest of them will be wearing some orange suits", he said. That situation, they say, "does not result from any explicit constitutional or legislative mandate" but is instead "based on an evolving understanding of prosecutorial independence and professional norms", which serve as "a fundamental check on presidential power".

At least 18 Republican lawmakers signed onto a resolution calling on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a special counsel to investigate the department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, accusing them of misconduct as Trump campaigned two years ago against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Caputo said the Mueller team "never reached out" to his friend to check on the information, or to the contractor. Justice Department officials have been reluctant to turn over the materials, though on Monday, after meeting with Trump at the White House, they reached an agreement to have another gathering where lawmakers could review information.

President Trump had more sharp words today about the FBI's use of an informant within his campaign as it investigated Russian meddling.

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Their move to keep the focus on the presidential campaign means Trump's time in the Oval Office would not be tarnished in the possible sit-down.

"If they had spies in my campaign, that would be a disgrace to this country". That group regularly receives classified briefings. Conservative House Republicans unveiled a resolution Tuesday insisting on the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate their growing list of grievances.

The department said then that the White House had signed off on its letter, but Nunes wasn't satisfied, and continued to pressure DOJ officials. The agreement was made during a meeting between Trump, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Wray.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan has said repeatedly, however, that he believed Mueller should be allowed to continue his work. "But you can't be the one to fire him, because we've got some weak-kneed Republicans out there who will come after you for firing the guy who needed firing". They argue Trump could not have obstructed justice by firing Comey because the President has the authority to fire anyone he wants.

Rep. Thomas J. Rooney (R-Fla.), a senior member of the House Intelligence Committee, predicted that Nunes and Gowdy's meeting with senior Justice Department officials will help put to rest some of the circulating concerns and return lawmakers' focus to the matter of election security. "I thought it could be a crime to take them into my own custody". A spokeswoman for Ryan did not immediately respond to a request seeking clarity on Ryan's plans.


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