Graham Says Trump 'Probably' Shouldn't Use 'Spygate' to Describe FBI Informant

Arturo Kim
May 29, 2018

"The narrative of the Federal Bureau of Investigation spying only makes sense if you don't believe there was a legitimate national security threat", said Rangappa. Then governmental resources are mustered to deal with the accusation.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida pushed back against that claim while appearing on ABC's "This Week", calling it appropriate to investigate a foreign adversary's potential interference with the democratic process.

The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler and Meg Kelly run through some of the iterations of this maddening pattern. They tapped my phones! The Obama administration illegally "unmasked" Americans caught up in surveillance of Russian targets! The president has tried to sow suspicions about the legitimacy of the FBI investigation, and he and his allies have focused on the use of the informant.

What Trump is doing is destructive to the very country he had pledged to make great again.

"The collusion part, we are pretty comfortable with because there has been none", Giuliani said.

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.

LUCAS: He's been identified as an American professor who arranged meetings with three Trump campaign aides early - in the early days of the Russian Federation investigation. "The White House has every right to know, the president has every right to know as commander-in-chief". The Justice Department official who would be the one to receive any complaints from Giuliani would presumably be Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller previous year in the wake of Comey's firing and was present for Thursday's briefings.

And late Sunday, we learned that the Justice Department has given in to Trump's demand and ordered its inspector general to investigate whether the FBI improperly investigated Trump's campaign. The top congressional leadership in the House and Senate, the so-called Gang of Eight, is also going to get briefed on these materials.

After the meetings were over, the Democrats who attended released a brief statement.

Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that if Mueller's investigators seek a court order to compel the president to testify, Trump's lawyers would fight such a subpoena all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary.

Republicans have not contradicted them.

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Schiff spoke on behalf of Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner.

"Can anyone even imagine having Spies placed in a competing campaign, by the people and party in absolute power, for the sole objective of political advantage and gain?" he wrote.

"Outside friends of the President. are far more adamant about confrontation than senior staff at the White House", the person said of the more aggressive approach Trump's group of advisers have advocated.

TRUMP tweet: "Clapper has now admitted that there was Spying in my campaign". Investigators wanted to know about the overtures that people on Trump's campaign were receiving from Russian agents. "Spying on a campaign would be illegal, and a scandal to boot!"

Democracy, democratic institutions and criminal investigations can't protect themselves.

"Can anyone even imagine having Spies placed in a competing campaign, by the people and party in absolute power, for the sole objective of political advantage and gain?"

These are lies. They're not "unconfirmed", they're not "misstatements", and they're not "exaggerations".

So, in other words, Trump's was demanding an investigation of the investigators who are investigating him.

How many times do we have to go through this charade?

Everyone who works in the Trump administration gets tarnished. Yet 53 percent of Americans say they now believe Mueller's investigation is politically motivated, according to a CBS poll.

Trump's attacks on the media over the weekend may have been his most baffling.

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