NYT Columnist Worries Mueller Investigation Actually Helping Trump

23 May, 2018, 14:58 | Author: Regina Lloyd
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The FBI and Department of Justice will brief lawmakers Thursday on classified material they have requested relating to the FBI's actions during the 2016 campaign, the White House announced Tuesday. Devin Nunes and Trey Gowdy as well as FBI Director Christopher Wray, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Ed O'Callaghan of the Justice Department will be attending.

"To my knowledge, the Democrats have not requested that information, so I would refer you back to them on why they would consider themselves randomly invited to see something they've never asked to", Sanders said.

"I have to think that what Sarah Huckabee Sanders said was incomplete".

A list of questions Mueller has for the President got leaked to The New York Times recently, and they very clearly include questions pertaining to obstruction. "There's no way they can selectively brief Republicans only".

The Justice Department is broadening its internal investigation into the FBI's Russian Federation inquiry after a top-level meeting at the White House on Monday with President Trump.

Trump's lawyers, who are urging Mueller to wrap up his investigation, are looking for a way to get him to agree to limit - or eliminate - questions regarding Trump's conduct after he won the presidency, especially those related to whether he might have obstructed justice while in office.




He said both he and his friend took the emails to mean the ones that Clinton had acknowledged deleting because she said they were not work-related. The FBI declined to comment.

On Sunday, Trump demanded via tweet the Justice Department "look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for political Purposes".

The former contractor, from a US government agency Caputo refrained from naming, had contacted a friend of Caputo's on May 6, 2016, and told him the agency had emails and wanted to get them to the Trump campaign. "If they had spies in my campaign, during my campaign for political purposes, that would be unprecedented in the history of our country". "It would make probably every political event ever look like small potatoes". Sessions and the lawmakers urged Inspector General Michael Horowitz to review whether Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials abused their surveillance powers by using information compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British spy, and paid for by Democrats to justify monitoring Carter Page, a former campaign adviser to Trump.

The matter's sensitivity is such that Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) had turned down previous offers for a briefing about the source, Warner's spokeswoman confirmed, over concerns that the classified information might leak from Capitol Hill.

At least 19 House Republicans critical of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation signed on to the new 12-page resolution on Tuesday calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a special counsel to investigate "misconduct at the highest levels" of the DOJ and FBI, Rep. Trump tweeted, after a string of other tweets denigrating the special counsel's investigation into Russian election interference.

Representative Lee Zeldin, who led the push for the resolution, said it would be introduced later on Tuesday.

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