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Giuliani's public negotiation over terms of an interview focuses on the use of a government informant who approached members of Trump's 2016 campaign in a possible bid to glean intelligence on Russian efforts to sway his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Trump fired Comey as the FBI investigated the Russian election interference, setting the stage for the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his wide-ranging inquiries.

They spoke "to relay the president's desire for as much openness as possible under the law", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. The Justice Department plans to hold two classified briefings with select lawmakers Thursday addressing reports that a government informant - from outside the campaign - contacted Trump campaign aides in 2016.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said he sees "no evidence" to support claims that the FBI used an informant to gather information on the Trump campaign, but that instead the federal probe was focused on "individuals with a history of links to Russian Federation that were concerning".

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The White House acknowledged that chief of staff John Kelly and a top lawyer for President Trump in the Russian Federation matter had been present for two secret briefings about the investigation on Thursday but hadn't stayed for the substance.

So there was no need, he said, for the briefing at the Justice Department for House intelligence committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., separate from one at the Capitol for the leaders of the House and Senate and the leaders of the intelligence committees.

"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", she said.

The former NY mayor is seeking a readout of the classified information Justice Department officials shared with lawmakers on Thursday about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russian meddling.

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The Royal Navy of Oman will also be sending a number of its ships to the governorate in order to transport the needed supplies. The airport, closed since Thursday, will reopen early Sunday, Oman's Public Authority for Civil Aviation said.

In a move that injected the White House into the closed-door sessions on an investigation that affects the president, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Emmet Flood, a White House lawyer working on the Russian Federation probe, made opening remarks before departing the two sessions.

Trump fumed to reporters shortly after: 'What we're doing is we're cleaning everything up.

The "Gang of Eight" includes the top Republicans and Democrats in each chamber and the top Republicans and Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committees.

The White House has yet to provide any evidence to support Trump's claim that President Barack Obama's administration was trying to spy on his 2016 campaign for political reasons - and it remained unclear whether any spying took place. Rest assured, if the meetings had produced even an iota of evidence that there was anything inappropriate in the FBI's counterintelligence investigation, they would have run to Fox News to trumpet their outrage so fast the soles of their shoes would have melted.

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It accuses Hamas, with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, of seeking to use the protests as cover to carry out violence. Israeli military tanks shelled the Gaza Strip on Sunday, killing at least two Palestinians.

Mr. Trump escalated his efforts to discredit the investigation Wednesday, tweeting: "Look how things have turned around on the Criminal Deep State".

Anyone who objectively has been following what the Trump administration has been up to since they took office should be able to identify multiple examples of all four of these strategies. But it seems that even before he became president, people around the world knew that Donald Trump was a man who could be bought.

Clapper was then asked why Trump did not "like" the Federal Bureau of Investigation monitoring Russians potentially trying to penetrate his campaign.

"To me, it just exceeds logic and credulity that they didn't affect the election, and it's my belief they actually turned it", former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said earlier this week.

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The Rockets' 50-point third quarter Game 4 of their first-round series with the Minnesota Timberwolves bested the 1987 Lakers. Their Eastern Conference final is also tied at 3-3 with the decider played on Sunday. "I was not always like this", he said.

As Republicans worked to show a Justice Department conspiracy against Trump, Democrats and former law enforcement officials defended the agency. "How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?"