Democrats Have Avoided Talking About Russia. Here's Why That's Changing
- Author: Tracy Klein May 26, 2018,
May 26, 2018, 2:45
A legal scholar says the U.S. Justice Department needs to conduct a thorough investigation into growing evidence the FBI used the power of the federal government for political purposes to target an opposition presidential campaign. Sharyl Attkisson compiles "8 signs pointing to a counterintelligence operation deployed against Trump's campaign". He was referring to a group of eight bipartisan congressional leaders who receive briefings on the nation's most sensitive intelligence.
Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Emmet Flood, was spotted on camera leaving a highly classified meeting between lawmakers and members of the Department of Justice to analyze the evidence about whether or not a spy was placed inside the Trump campaign.
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has contributed his own "clarifications". This is information that does tie directly into the Robert Muller investigation.
Critics, including top congressional Democrats, argue that Republicans want to use the information to undercut the Russian Federation investigation, which is now being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. "Although he did not participate in the meetings which followed, as the White House's attorney handling the Special Counsel's investigation, his involvement - in any capacity - was entirely improper, and I made this clear to him".
West said that by calling for an investigation of the FBI, Trump is endangering democratic norms and "setting the precedent that chief executives can investigate the investigators".
Christopher A. Wray, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director; Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general and Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence were scheduled to brief Nunes first.
Despite the fact that Pyongyang has made practical steps towards curbing its nuclear tests, US President Donald Trump chose to cancel a meeting with his North Korean counterpart.
The informant, an American academic who served in past Republican administrations, approached at least three Trump campaign advisers who had been in contact with suspected Russian agents.
"What I want is I want total transparency", he said.
Even more stunning was White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee's response when asked why Flood, who is not a government employee, and likely does not have a security clearance, was allowed in the room.
Over the weekend, the president demanded the Department of Justice to start an investigation into the matter.
Sanders said no White House staffers - including Kelly - will be present at Thursday's meeting. He said he had advised the administration to include Democrats but downplayed Trump's attacks, saying he doesn't worry about any lasting damage to the intelligence agencies.
As for Comey, the FBI director fired by Trump, he has drawn sharp criticism from Democrats for revealing the renewed Clinton email investigation, which ultimately produced no charges. "How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?" tweeted Comey, a former Republican who now identifies as an independent.