Donald Trump and his former national intelligence director

Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., who wrote the anti-Clinton resolution, argued that "what's insane about all of this is the fact that every single thing in that resolution is accurate. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table".

"It doesn't seem like an anti-Russia operation, it seems like an anti-Trump operation", Watters concluded.

The FBI says that this is standard practice if national security is involved. It is refreshing to hear that now, finally, he's interested in actual evidence.

The oil industry consultant told Paul Sperry of the New York Post that in the wake of the intense media coverage he received towards the end of 2016, his girlfriend broke up with him during a heated discussion after "freaking out", over Page being the subject of "fake news". Trump demanded the investigation be investigated - a frightening precedent. I doubt that he would be greeted with candy and flowers.

The bureau defines a confidential human source as "any individual who is believed to be providing useful and credible information to the FBI for any authorized information collection activity, and from whom the FBI expects or intends to obtain additional, useful, and credible information", and whose identity should remain confidential.

The woman who oversaw the Obama White House's response to the Russian election attack said she was never briefed on the FBI's use of an informant to investigate the Trump campaign and that it was "ridiculous" for President Trump to claim that the matter amounted to "one of the biggest political scandals in us history".

What he did was to pursue contacts with Trump foreign policy advisers George Papadopolous (who has subsequently pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about his Russian Federation contacts) and Carter Page (who had been on the FBI's radar for his Russian Federation contacts long before the Trump campaign began) and with former campaign co-chairman Sam Clovis (who said his meeting with Halper was like a chat between professors in a faculty lounge and centered on China, not Russia).

So that's where we are: Trump made an obviously false charge, everyone acted as though it might be true, and we went through all this rigamarole only to find out that, yes, it was obviously false. Even his political scandals must be the "biggest" of "all time", especially when he sees himself as the victim.

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Moon said, noting that the summit was in line with previous agreements for the two leaders to meet more often. Moon said both he and Kim had "agreed the June 12 North Korea-U.S. summit must be successfully held".

The informant was not imbedded or implanted or otherwise inserted into the campaign. He gave important attention to the alternative scenario that he and some of his conservative allies have been promoting.

Republicans have frequently pointed to the dossier as proof that the FBI investigation into Trump's campaign began with political motivations, as the Fusion GPS investigation was funded by lawyers for the DNC and the Clinton campaign. On March 21, Trump tweeted: "Getting along with Russian Federation (and others) is a good thing, not a bad thing". A CBS News poll in early May, for example, showed how widely his talking points are being embraced.

Trump is calling his newest attempt at discrediting special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation "spygate".

Ingraham slammed the "ever-expanding surveillance state" in the U.S.as a "threat to our freedom", saying that "some" within these government agencies "think that they are omnipotent and above the law".

At this point, Trump has earned the presumption that everything he says on the topic of the Russian Federation investigation is offered in bad faith and is nearly certainly false, until proved otherwise.

As cynical as they might sound about Washington's capacity for reform - even in the likes of Mueller, a staunch Republican with a stellar public record - Trump supporters do care about accountability.

The Democratic Senator's concerns were shared by John McLaughlin, who held top CIA positions under Presidents including Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton and briefly served as Acting CIA Director for George W. Bush.

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