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"No FBI would put informants in another presidential campaign without permission from the White House, including the president", he said on "Outnumbered". "Rather than being sensitive to the clear potential conflict this creates, the president is driving a truck through the middle of it".

Democrats condemned the Republicans-only meeting and the appearance of Flood at both briefings.

Trump and his GOP supporters in Congress are now demanding information on that informant, suggesting it's proof that the Obama administration was trying to spy on his campaign.

"If they insist upon carrying out this farce, the White House and its Republican allies in the House will do permanent, long-standing damage to the practice of bipartisan congressional oversight of intelligence", Warner said.

The IG is expanding the existing investigation into the Russian Federation collusion probe by examining whether there was improper, politically motivated surveillance of a Republican candidate by the Obama-led Justice Department.

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.

On Wednesday, Trump tweeted that the FBI's use of a government informant amounts to "one of the biggest political scandals in history".

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While there is no constitutional provision that says the president's personal lawyer can not make a statement at a classified briefing, legal scholars expressed misgivings. "I know so many people in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the FBI is a fantastic institution", he said. Apparently, Donald Trump's Chief of Staff, John Kelly, attended both meetings and his new White House Counsel, Emmet Flood, attended part of the first meeting. This is information that does tie directly into the Robert Muller investigation.

FBI Director Christopher Wray, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, held two unusual classified briefings for senior lawmakers of both parties in the wake of the Republican president's claim.

At the second briefing on Capitol Hill were Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Schumer, Pelosi, and the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate intelligence committees.

"What is the point of the separate briefing if not to cause partisan trouble?" he said.

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. "That leaves them with writing a report", said the former New York City mayor, who recently took over representing Trump in the special counsel probe.

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.

"Can anyone even imagine having Spies placed in a competing campaign, by the people and party in absolute power, for the sole goal of political advantage and gain?" If real spies risking their lives to provide info to the government think the risk of being exposed for political reasons has risen as the president and DOJ wage war on each other, naturally that's going to make them less willing to provide that info.

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