END 'SPYGATE': Trump seethes over Russian Federation probe in Twitter rant

WH lawyer attends DOJ briefings with lawmakers on confidential source

Trump's lead lawyer countering Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, Emmet Flood, and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly were also allowed to attend the opening of both briefings, a move Democrats decried as a disturbing breach of protocol.

"If they don't show us these documents, well, we are just going to have to say no", Giuliani said.

"We are more convinced, as we see it, that this is a rigged investigation. I don't. I did when I came in".

President Donald Trump's legal team wants a briefing on the classified information shared with lawmakers about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.

President Donald Trump has said the briefings could provide proof of his unsubstantiated claim the Federal Bureau of Investigation was likely spying on his campaign. According to a US official familiar with the meeting, the briefers did not reveal the name of an informant.

The White House insisted that Flood and Kelly made only "brief remarks before the meetings started to relay the President's desire for as much openness as possible under the law".

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters about allowing the release of a secret memo on the F.B.I.'s role in the Russian Federation inquiry, during a meeting with North Korean defectors in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Washington.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called the meeting "unacceptable and very inappropriate" and accused Republicans of setting up the session to learn information to aid Trump's defense in the Russian Federation investigation.

The Justice Department answered Trump's tweeted demand by announcing that an existing investigation by the Justice Department's inspector general will now "include determining whether there was any impropriety or political motivation" by the FBI.

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His claims gained new momentum after Halper was identified as the FBI's informant last week.

In a statement after the first meeting, Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the intelligence committee had "the responsibility to ask tough questions of the executive branch" and said the Justice Department was cooperating, though he offered no substantive details.

In a sudden change of tone, Trump ended his a.m. tweetstorm by expressing hope that North Korean negotiations will eventually lead to "long and enduring prosperity and peace" despite scuttling the summit. The invite list evolved up until hours before the meeting - a reflection of the partisan distrust and the political wrangling.

Mueller, in the filing, said that he was not opposed to unsealing the two Manafort warrants that have been subject to legal challenges that Manafort has brought seeking to throw out certain evidence, with Mueller acknowledging that numerous details about them were already coming out in open court proceedings.

"There are motives on behalf of the House Intelligence Committee - [Republican Chairman] Devin Nunes, who is trying to interfere with an ongoing active investigation and seems not concerned at all about blowing a source who has contributed to other investigations and has associates all around the world".

"I look forward to the prompt completion of the intelligence committee's oversight work in this area now that they are getting the cooperation necessary for them to complete their work while protecting sources and methods", Ryan said in a statement. Meanwhile, the White House handed out classified information on the professor to Republican political leaders even while decrying the "politicization" of intelligence. The second person also declined to be named because the meeting was classified.

"The Democrats are now alluding to the concept that having an informant placed in an opposing party's campaign is different than having a spy, as illegal as that may be".

California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence panel, called Flood's presence "completely inappropriate".

Schiff said he was speaking for all the Democrats who attended including top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer, top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi, and top Senate Intelligence Committee Democrat Mark Warner.

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