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Comey on Trump Spy Claims: 'I Know It Not To Be True'

28 May 2018

WASHINGTON-Top law enforcement and intelligence officials briefed congressional leaders from both parties Thursday about the FBI's use of an informant in the Russian Federation investigation - a highly unusual concession to Congress all but ordered by President Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., defended the House Intelligence Committee's requests for records from the DOJ about the Russian Federation investigation, following several weeks of a contentious back-and-forth between House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and DOJ officials.

It may even take the matter to the Justice Department in a bid to stop the special counsel probe which completed a year this month.

The first briefing, which lasted about an hour at the Justice Department, went to Nunes, Ryan, House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and Intelligence Committee Ranking Democrat Adam Schiff of California.

This suggests that, despite the fact that many of presidents defenders have repeatedly pointed out that none of the public indictments made public so far by the investigation directly allege "collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia, Mueller may still be keeping these aspects of the inquiry under wraps for now.

"What we're seeing is an attack from within on vital institutions like a person's body would be attacked by a flesh-eating bacteria". Giuliani asked Friday. "They clearly did not get incriminating information or we'd have found out about it by now".

"SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!" But former Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials say that the use of what they call "confidential human sources" is governed by strict legal guidelines and that nothing untoward appears to have occurred.

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Trump said on Twitter Sunday morning. He said the effort was to protect the USA political system and "protect the campaign".

But former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper shied away from the use of the term "spy" during an interview Sunday on "Face the Nation".

The back and forth between Congress and the Justice Department has simmered for weeks.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY, the top Senate Democrat, continued to push Thursday morning for the first meeting to be scrapped altogether, calling Nunes a "known partisan" out to undermine Mueller's investigation.

"I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes - and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!"

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, wants an investigation into how the name of a confidential intelligence source appeared in the press.

Comey on Trump Spy Claims: 'I Know It Not To Be True'