White House Bars Democrats From Meeting on Russia Investigation Records

Republicans want special counsel to investigate Trump-Russia probe 'misconduct'

Republicans want special counsel to investigate Trump-Russia probe 'misconduct'

Trump's lawyers, who are urging Mueller to wrap up his investigation, are looking for a way to get him to agree to limit - or eliminate - questions regarding Trump's conduct after he won the presidency, especially those related to whether he might have obstructed justice while in office.

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

The Thursday meeting will include FBI Director Wray along with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., Director of Intelligence Dan Coats and Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Ed O'Callahan. She said no Democrats were invited because they had not requested the information, despite calls from lawmakers for the briefing to be bipartisan.

His tweets prompted the Justice Department to ask its inspector general to expand an ongoing probe into the surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page to include a review of whether the FBI was politically motivated in its investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election.

Trump put Rosenstein in a tough spot on Sunday when he demanded in a tweet that the Justice Department investigate the FBI's motives for scrutinizing his campaign.

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Caputo said he has told the House Intelligence and Senate Intelligence Committees about the offer, as well as the special counsel team led by Robert Mueller. Sessions' loyal service to the Trump campaign, which was the reason for his recusal, was the very reason that Trump thought he could count on Sessions to "protect" him. And last month, the president tweeted about "the Fake & Corrupt Russia Investigation", writing, "Mueller is most conflicted of all (except Rosenstein)". He dismissed Sanders's argument that Democrats had not asked for the briefing, saying Democrats had a "standing request" with the department that "any briefing the Department of Justice or FBI gives on the Russian Federation investigation be given to us as well". "So typically around the convention time and halfway through a presidential year you keep bringing on more people in terms of potential supporters from the party, etc., and it just seemed like something like that", he said. Hence his angry incomprehension when Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation, which led to Rosenstein's appointment of Mueller.

President Trump met with top Justice Department officials Monday following his claim via Twitter that the Federal Bureau of Investigation used an informant to spy on his campaign.

The Justice Department had originally rejected the request from Nunes, saying his request for information "regarding a specific individual" could have severe consequences, including potential loss of human life.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday ticked off the expected attendees when asked about the session during her semi-daily press briefing. They argue Trump could not have obstructed justice by firing Comey because the President has the authority to fire anyone he wants.

The New York Times and The Washington Post have reported a confidential source spoke to Page and Trump campaign co-chairman Sam Clovis, as well as campaign adviser George Papadopoulos.

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