President Donald Trump has a new favorite phrase. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement that "I can not and will not comment on a classified session" and that "I look forward to the prompt completion of the intelligence committee's oversight work in this area".
The FBI at the time was investigating whether anyone in Trump's campaign worked with Russian Federation to help tip the election in Trump's favor. The reason is, because these meetings were about confidential and private information that is not available to members of the public about the ongoing investigations into ... not just the spy ... but into Donald Trump's campaign itself.
None of this leaked to the press before Americans cast their ballots.
Trump told Kilmeade that the "FBI is great".
CNN's Kaitlan Collins reports Sanders said Flood "will be joining the White House staff to represent the president and the administration against the Russian Federation witch hunt". Trump has presented no evidence for this claim. He demanded in recent days that the Justice Department investigate the matter and turn over records to Congress, ignoring warnings from law enforcement officials in his administration, that sharing the documents would put the informant and foreign intelligence partners at risk. Right now, there are rules saying you can't, you know, you don't want investigations to change political cycles.
In an unscheduled and uncommon appearance, Emmet T. Flood, the White House lawyer focusing on the Russian Federation collusion probe, accompanied White House chief of staff John Kelly to both briefings, though they left before the substantive part of the briefings.
Democratic lawmakers said on Thursday they heard nothing in classified briefings by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and intelligence officials to support President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated allegation that the agency placed a "spy" into his 2016 presidential campaign to help his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
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House Republicans close to the president - led by Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the Intelligence Committee chairperson - had been pressing unsuccessfully for weeks for access to material related to the informant, issuing a subpoena and threatening to hold top Justice Department officials in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn it over. At the second briefing on Capitol Hill were Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Schumer, Pelosi, and the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate intelligence committees.
Speaker Paul D. Ryan, who was scheduled to travel to Texas for a fundraiser Thursday afternoon, planned to attend the noon meeting, as well, rather than the Gang of Eight session, an aide said. In the past, Nunes has refused to sit for briefings with Schiff.
In an interview with Politico, the former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is also representing Trump, said that information from the meeting could help accelerate the investigation.
Page believes that's exactly what happened, and agrees with the president's characterization of the scandal as "Spygate".
"It seems attention has shifted a bit from the "collusion" investigation to the "contretempts" within the White House", wrote the FBI informant.
"Some of what was in the dossier was actually corroborated - but separately - in our intelligence community assessment, from other sources that we were confident in", Clapper said.