Justice Department and intelligence community leaders conferred twice with top Republican and Democratic lawmakers Thursday, hoping to defuse a partisan conflict over the FBI's use of a confidential source to aid the investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation.
Reiterating what he writes in his book, Clapper said Wednesday that he thinks that the Russians "did have a profound effect on the election" given how close the electoral college results were and the "massive" effort Russia mounted to sow discourse among Americans using social media. That controversy, though, quickly gave way to a new one, when Flood was spotted leaving the Justice Department after the first meeting had ended. "It's a waste of $20 million of the taxpayers' money".
"It's incredible that they're going along- I mean, it's one thing to see Nancy Pelosi defend the indefensible, that's what she does".
Sen. Marco Rubio said Sunday on CBS that he also hasn't seen evidence that there was an embedded spy in the Trump campaign.
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.
The Justice Department announced it will host the first briefing at noon on Thursday with those two Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee, Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif, and Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., followed two hours later by the bipartisan briefing.
Trump's power play is a gross misuse of his presidential authority and a risky departure from long-standing norms.
"So the idea that [the FBI] put an informant in his campaign with the idea of helping him - that doesn't make sense".
Democrats, meanwhile, said that based on the information they had received, the president's claims of a political spy were unsupported. "What did they get?" When asked if Trump told him that, Giuliani said no but that it's a safe assumption. And why did they hide it for so long? Trump demanded the investigation be investigated - a frightening precedent. Three former Trump aides have pleaded guilty and are cooperating with the probe. Rest assured, if the meetings had produced even an iota of evidence that there was anything inappropriate in the FBI's counterintelligence investigation, they would have run to Fox News to trumpet their outrage so fast the soles of their shoes would have melted. Initially offered only to Republicans, the briefings were the latest piece of stagecraft meant to publicize and bolster the allegations.
Democratic leaders in Congress said they heard no evidence in a classified briefing on Thursday to substantiate Trump's claim.
"Well, Senator Graham did not explain what exactly a "confidential informant" is if not a spy because, of course, they are one and the same", Carlson said.
That was untrue. White House attorney Emmett Flood attended the meeting with Nunes. "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".
The FBI says that this is standard practice if national security is involved.
"He's not the subject or target of that investigation".
Clapper says Trump has set a "new low bar" for ethics and morality and has caused "societal damage" that will take years to fix.
That's what we know, according to knowledgeable sources who have spoken to CNN among other media outlets. He also wanted to know "if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!" The probe has produced several criminal convictions of Trump campaign officials.
It was unclear how much information was given to lawmakers.
The Post and the Times declined to name the informant, noting that US intelligence officials have warned that revealing his name could expose him to risk. The person declined to be identified because the briefing was classified.
It remained unclear what, if any, spying was done.
Trump has been claiming since his early days as president that he was spied upon by President Barack Obama's administration. After learning that there is zero evidence anywhere that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was attempting to do anything other than investigate what was essentially a Russian attack on our election system - just as Federal Bureau of Investigation agents should have done - Trump chose to tell three separate lies to the American public in the course of this single tweet.
How many times do we have to go through this charade?