Top House Democrat Requests Probe Into How FBI Source's Name Was Leaked

Trump rips Clapper on spying comments ‘I am not happy

President Donald Trump responded to former FBI Director James Comey's tweet saying Trump's attacks on the FBI will do "lasting damage" to the U.S. by calling him a "rotten apple" and celebrating the fact that he got fired.

"Coupled with Comey's illegally leaked memos, this means the whole thing was a mistake and should never have happened", Giuliani said.

On Trump's broader point that the Obama administration interfered with the Trump campaign to help Democrat Hillary Clinton win, evidence is lacking on that front, too.

Schiff said in a statement on behalf of the Gang of Eight Democrats, "Nothing we heard today has changed our view that there is no evidence to support any allegation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any intelligence agency placed a "spy" in the Trump Campaign, or otherwise failed to follow appropriate procedures and protocols".

A congressional source familiar with the meeting said that while present, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a staunch Trump defender, did not speak at all, and that other Republicans present did not aggressively push or defend Trump's spying allegations.

The president has suggested otherwise in a storm of tweets, including one on Thursday proclaiming that "SPYGATE could be one of the biggest scandals in history!" "SPYGATE-a awful thing!" Trump tweeted Thursday.

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. "Trying to understand were the Russians infiltrating, trying to gain access, trying to gain leverage or influence which is what they do". "Which is what they do".

In an interview with Reuters, Comey also said he would be leery of the Federal Bureau of Investigation trying to track propaganda in the United States, let alone take action against it, while acknowledging that it was a major problem for the US political system. If Obama and the Democrats put a spy in his campaign to undercut his chances, they made a small strategic error by not mentioning anything publicly before votes were cast. "Did other Agencies SPY on Trump Campaign?'" Even Clapper, worlds dumbest former Intelligence Head, who has the problem of lying a lot, used the word SPY when describing the illegal activities!" "I do think, though, even knowing that, I'm not sure our reactions would have been any different".

Where did the idea of a campaign "spy" in the Trump campaign originate?

He says if that was inappropriate, special counsel Robert Mueller's entire probe may be "illegitimate".

Questions would likely be raised about the appropriateness of sharing the information with the White House in light of the ongoing probe into Trump's campaign.

The president can not interfere with criminal investigations against himself without running the risk of additional charges of obstruction of justice - interference with a judicial process (the gathering of evidence and its presentation to a grand jury) for a corrupt goal (impeding his own prosecution or impeachment).

Former FBI director James Comey, whom Trump fired past year, also weighed in on the controversy Wednesday, chastising both the president and GOP lawmakers.

Trump's comments, however, are a "distortion of what I actually said", Clapper told Bash, reiterating that the goal of the informant was to determine "what the Russians were doing to infiltrate to gain access and potentially to exert leverage".

That explanation has not satisfied many Democrats.

An attorney for Clovis told NPR that he remembered meeting Halper but that they mostly discussed China, not Russian Federation or its active measures campaign in 2016.

So far, 19 people, including Trump's former campaign chairman and former national security adviser, have been charged in Mueller's investigation.

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