Classified collusion briefing features top lawmakers, Federal Bureau of Investigation … and Trump's lawyer

Posted May 27, 2018

"I think the part to bear in mind, to sort of put this in more realistic footing, is that [US President] Donald Trump had been raising alarms in the foreign policy circles since late 2015 by calling for a rapprochement with Russian Federation, which in many quarters was being seen as virtually treasonous", Lazare told Kiriakou.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, wants an investigation into how the name of a confidential intelligence source appeared in the press.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Emmet Flood, one of Trump's lawyers, attended at least part of the controversial briefing - which Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, criticized as "completely inappropriate".

The Washington Post has reported that the source was former University of Cambridge professor Stefan A Halper, a longtime Republican.

Justice Department and intelligence officials briefed top Republican and Democratic lawmakers Thursday on a confidential FBI source who aided in the investigation of whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation, attempting to defuse a partisan conflict over use of the source and the FBI's reluctance to reveal information about the matter.

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He was never a part of the Trump campaign.

"Starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in USA history", Trump tweeted Thursday.

Comey's tweet, in response to accusations from Trump that the Federal Bureau of Investigation under Comey spied on his campaign, said: "Attacks on the Federal Bureau of Investigation and lying about its work will do lasting damage to our country. SPYGATE - a awful thing!" "I support both of them, and I don't really have anything to add to this subject based upon the Gang of Eight briefing that we had today, which was classified".

"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 statement said.

"If SpyGate is effectively sold, then half the country will be of the mind that the Mueller report is the product of a flawed investigation, even though that is unsupported by the facts", he said.

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FBI Director Christopher Wray, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, held two unusual classified briefings for senior lawmakers of both parties in the wake of the Republican president's claim.

While Yates would not comment on the allegations of spying, deferring comment on the investigation to the Justice Department and FBI, she said she was confident the investigation would bear out the truth.

In speaking with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt Friday, Graham gingerly separated from Trump.

For instance, Halper penned a July 28, 2017 "Dear Carter" e-mail, assuaging him that new White House controversies may have taken pressure off him. The use of informants is commonplace in counterintelligence and criminal investigations.

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