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The New York Times reported deep in a May 17 story that the Federal Bureau of Investigation placed an "informant" inside Trump's campaign who "met several times with Mr. [Carter] Page and [George] Papadopoulos", two of Trump's former low-level campaign advisers. Comey leaked to the press that he had about his meetings with Trump, a move he admitted to Congress was meant to provoke the appointment of a special counsel.

President Donald Trump is mounting an increasingly aggressive attack on investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, charging that the Obama Administration actively spied on his campaign.

'They were spying, a term I don't particularly like, on what the Russians were doing, ' he said, 'trying to understand, 'Were the Russians infiltrating, trying to gain access, trying to gain leverage and influence?' - which is what they do'.

The original meeting was scheduled for just Nunes and Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, but the Justice Department relented and allowed additional lawmakers to come after Democrats strongly objected. They disparage President Trump's tweets decrying "spygate" as the usual Trump piffle. The California Democrat said she had directed Schiff to attend in her place so as to make sure "henchmen of the president" do not interfere with the investigation.

Assad Meets Putin in a Surprise Visit to Russian Federation
The negotiations were successful, Putin praised and congratulated Assad with the Syrian army's successes in the fight against terrorists.

The news comes ahead of the anniversary of Mueller's appointment as special counsel, which followed Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.

"Accusations that the FBI was "spying" on the Trump campaign - rather than spying on foreign spies, which is its job - erase the important distinctions between counterintelligence and criminal investigations", Asha Rangappa, a former FBI agent who now teaches at Yale Law School, wrote in an op-ed last Sunday in the Washington Post.

The action then shifted to the US Capitol where Federal Bureau of Investigation director Chris Wray, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who oversees the Russian Federation investigation, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats helped brief the so-called Gang of Eight.

Getting back to the South Lawn Q&A, another reporter said former FBI Director James Comey has taken issue with Trump's morning Twitter output. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC was not in the meetings but, in a radio interview Friday, broke with the president to say that a "confidential informant is not a spy". "We'd urge the Justice Department to re-evaluate, to acknowledge they made a mistake". Mark Warner (D-Va.) and himself after the conclusion of the second briefing, which was for a bipartisan group of senators.

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CREW, a liberal-leaning watchdog group, filed a complaint with the ethics office that was referenced in Mr Apol's letter. Late Wednesday, the New Yorker published a story about an unnamed law enforcement official it said had leaked the report.

"How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?" he asked in his tweet.

In a statement, the White House said that Flood and Kelly went to the Department of Justice and Capitol Hill "to facilitate meetings between Members of Congress, DOJ, FBI, and DNI".

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, an ardent Trump supporter, had originally requested the information on an FBI source in the Russian Federation investigation.

He previously had said that a decision would not be made about an interview until after Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a meeting that the president canceled on Thursday but the White House is open to reviving.

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Instead, the judges unanimously decided that an award could be based exclusively on the value of the components involved. Apple has disputed that while it's a much of money, " Samsung violated millions and millions and millions of times".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said no Democrats were invited because they had not requested the information, despite calls from lawmakers for the briefing to be bipartisan.


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