Trump Demands Review Of Russia Investigation Surveillance Tactics


Sanders said no White House staffers - including Kelly - will be present at Thursday's meeting. Devin Nunes and Trey Gowdy as well as FBI Director Christopher Wray, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Ed O'Callaghan of the Justice Department will be attending.

Sanders said on Tuesday that no Democrats were attending the meeting because they had not asked to attend.

Trump tweeted Sunday, "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!"

During a meeting Monday with Trump, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray also reiterated an announcement late Sunday that the Justice Department's inspector general will expand an existing investigation into the Russian Federation probe by examining whether there was any improper politically motivated surveillance.

They also called for access, for Democrats as well as Republicans, to all documents related to the case.

According to the reports, the informant met with Trump campaign advisers to try to learn more about whether they had relationships with any foreign governments.

"To my knowledge, the Democrats have not requested that information", she said.

Mr. Zeldin, Mr. Meadows and about a dozen other Republicans in the House of Representatives insisted at a news conference announcing the resolution that Mr. Trump had not requested a new counsel.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, called the briefing arranged by the White House "another serious abuse of power".

A Justice Department spokeswoman referred inquiries to the White House.

At least 19 House Republicans critical of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation signed on to the new 12-page resolution on Tuesday calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a special counsel to investigate "misconduct at the highest levels" of the DOJ and FBI, Rep.

The White House announced on Monday that the Department of Justice would "expand its investigation" of the 2016 election to include "any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's or the Department of Justice's tactics concerning the Trump campaign". The Justice Department has in the past offered classified briefings to Nunes, though they have refused to turn over documents.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein vowed the Justice Department would look into whether there was any wrongdoing in its Russian Federation investigation.

"Excuse me, I have the President of South Korea here", he said.

The allegations also follow an earlier charge, which was later deflated, that Obama ordered a wiretap at Trump Tower and that Obama-era officials may have improperly viewed intelligence that involved Trump campaign aides.

Former FBI Director James Comey later testified to Congress that internal reviews found no information to support the president's tweets.

On Sunday, legal experts wondered how the Trump-appointed heads of the FBI and DOJ would respond to his demand for an investigation into the probe looking at his campaign if the Justice Department's accommodation ends up not being enough.