White House Seeks Investigation of FBI 'Irregularties' Regarding Trump Campaign

23 May, 2018, 04:28 | Author: Sammy Rose
  • White House GOP lawmakers meeting Justice officials Thursday

The Trump administration has placed new sanctions on Venezuela in order to block President Nicolás Maduro from selling off government debt for personal gain, the New York Times reports.

The back and forth between the Justice Department and Congress began with a classified subpoena from Nunes in late April.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump chief of staff John Kelly will broker the meeting between congressional leaders and the FBI, Justice Department and office of the Director of National Intelligence.

No one from the White House is scheduled to be present, Sanders said - nor, at this point, are any senators or any Democrats, in defiance of a request from the Senate minority leader.

The Republicans backing the new resolution have been calling for a second special counsel for months on a range of topics, from alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to an Obama administration uranium deal to the allegation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation gave "special treatment" to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton when it did not charge the former secretary of state over her handling of classified materials on a private email server. She said the officials will "review highly classified and other information they have requested", but did not provide additional detail.

The Justice Department announced later that day that it had asked the inspector general to assess any political impropriety in the FBI's investigation of any ties between Trump campaign officials and Russia's disruption of the 2016 election to hurt Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and boost Trump's chances.

It was also not clear which lawmakers would be invited to review the information.

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"Look, the types of things that we're hearing about now - it was wrong when they did it to Martin Luther King, and it's wrong if they do it to the Trump campaign", Wenstrup said.

On Sunday, Trump took to Twitter to issue a "demand" that the DOJ "look into" whether there was any improper surveillance of his campaign "for political purposes".

During a meeting Monday with Trump, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray also reiterated an announcement late Sunday that the Justice Department's inspector general will expand an existing investigation into the Russian Federation probe by examining whether there was any improper politically motivated surveillance.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has called Trump's claim of an embedded spy "nonsense".

Still, it was unclear how much further officials would be willing to go if the president remained unhappy. "He's a subject of this investigation, so the idea that he is doing this is really outrageous and you can see the FBI and the Justice Department trying to accommodate him but in a way that somehow preserves the investigation.it's unclear to me whether they'll be able to thread that needle".

Republicans have been unable to square their conspiracy theory about the FBI scheming against Trump during the campaign with the reality that the FBI said nothing about the active investigation into the Trump campaign until after the 2016 election was over. In September of that year, he reached out to George Papadopoulos, an unpaid foreign policy adviser for the campaign, inviting him to London to work on a research paper. The president on Monday convened a meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI director Christopher Wray, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to talk about the developments.

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