Justice Department Offers Lawmakers Another Briefing on Confidential Informant

Posted June 10, 2018

"SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!" the president wrote last month, one of a flurry of adrenalized tweets on the topic.

It also puts Gowdy at odds with House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who has been a sharp and vocal critic of the Justice Department and its handling of the Russian Federation investigation. The Justice Department had no comment. "The briefing is expected on Monday or Tuesday, depending on members' schedules", the Justice official said.

"Today for the first time I was hearing colleagues say, 'Well, Speaker Ryan won't stand with us in this fight over the essentials of our democracy, not weaponizing the intelligence community against the presidential campaign". "It would have been helpful if we got this information earlier".

Democrats argue that the Republicans weren't trying to find collusion, charging that they ignored numerous leads and failed to subpoena documents and witnesses key to getting to the bottom of the Russian Federation investigation.

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"I think Chairman Gowdy's initial assessment's accurate, I think, but we have some more digging to do".

Officials are expected to meet early next week with the leaders of the full House and Senate and the chambers' intelligence committees - the "Gang of Eight" - a senior Justice Department official said.

Tension between Congress and the Justice Department over the informant matter has been bubbling for weeks. "The Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation take congressional inquiries seriously and believe that the documents provided next week will be valuable to the Gang of Eight". Nunes has said the committee is still waiting for documents, and Ryan backed him on that Wednesday.

The senior Justice Department official said the agency believes it can provide information "directly responsive to congressional inquiries in a manner that is consistent with its national security and law enforcement responsibilities, and is pleased to do so".

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Gohmert isn't the only Trump-supporting House Republican who feels that Gowdy and Ryan's comments represent a betrayal. A source briefed on the meeting said the materials were brought to last month's briefing but were left on the table untouched.

"That will not change", Giuliani said of his insistence on seeing the documents. "As long as we have a special counsel who will not even confess as to his limits, then this is going to continue to be a problem".

Democrats have expressed concern that another FBI briefing could give the president's lawyers access to sensitive investigation details, the article states.

On the pardon issue, Ryan joined Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in sending a subtle message to Trump.

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Burr, however, appeared ready to move on, saying the briefing he attended "sufficiently covered everything to do with this right now". He has previously worked at the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press and the New York Post, where he started as a copy boy.