FBI, Justice Department Leaders Meet Over Trump Informant Allegations

Donald Trump Alleges Spy Placed in 2016 Presidential Campaign

It doesn't help that Trump's supporters in Congress have only offered half-hearted defenses of Mueller's investigation and enabled Trump's attacks on our political norms and, some fear, on democracy itself.

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". Three former Trump aides have pleaded guilty and are co-operating with the investigation. Donald Trump's decision to cancel a June 12 summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un is the latest dramatic twist in relations between two leaders who traded insults before laying the groundwork for what would have been a stunning rapprochement.

And Trump's lawyers may take the information to the Justice Department as part of an effort to scuttle the ongoing special counsel probe. I honestly do not remember a time when I actually feared our governmental leaders, but I do now, and I know many people who share this view.

What this looks like to me is a group in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department trying to cover up their involvement in the protection of various officials in the previous administration performing illegal acts (such as spying, search and seizure, falsifying documents used in court procedures) against citizens and political candidates. It is refreshing to hear that now, finally, he's interested in actual evidence.

Avril Haines, who served as deputy national security adviser in the Obama administration, made the comments during an exclusive interview with the Yahoo News podcast "Skullduggery."

Would Republicans take kindly to that?

"There's never been a Gang of Eight meeting with that kind of White House presence", he said.

Trump now is zeroing in on - and at times embellishing - reports that a longtime us government informant approached members of his 2016 campaign during the presidential election in a possible bid to glean intelligence on Russian efforts to sway the election.

"Starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in USA history", Trump tweeted Thursday.

Trump himself has made similar allegations, referring to the scandal as "Spygate".

No matter what ludicrous charge Trump makes, the entire political system reacts as though it might be true.

The informant was not imbedded or implanted or otherwise inserted into the campaign.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election and possible connection to the Trump campaign, at the Capitol in Washington, June 21, 2017. Trump wants you to believe a lie. He gave important attention to the alternative scenario that he and some of his conservative allies have been promoting.

TRUMP tweet: "Clapper has now admitted that there was Spying in my campaign". A CBS News poll in early May, for example, showed how widely his talking points are being embraced.

Trump fired Comey as the FBI investigated the Russian election interference, setting the stage for the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his wide-ranging inquiries. But what Trump is doing has enormous consequences. So should we all.

It is unclear whether the Republicans who attended were satisfied with the briefings' outcome.

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