Trump decries possibility of Federal Bureau of Investigation 'spies' in his campaign

Trump 'Illegal' and 'disgrace' if spies were on my campaign

Trump 'Illegal' and 'disgrace' if spies were on my campaign

After earning his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1971, Halper quickly ascended, serving on the White House domestic policy council for President Richard M. Nixon and then in the Office of Management and Budget before being tapped as an assistant to President Gerald Ford's chief of staff.

The back and forth between the Justice Department and Congress began with a classified subpoena from Nunes in late April.

She added, "It was also agreed that White House Chief of Staff Kelly will immediately set up a meeting with the FBI, DOJ, and DNI together with Congressional Leaders to review highly classified and other information they have requested".

No one from the White House is scheduled to be present, Sanders said - nor, at this point, are any senators or any Democrats, in defiance of a request from the Senate minority leader.

The FBI has not confirmed that it used an informant and so far there is no evidence that was one embedded in the Trump campaign.

But that has not satisfied some of Trump's biggest backers in Congress, who have ramped up the calls for a second special counsel amid a pressure campaign from House Republicans for the Justice Department to provide a range of documents to Congress, including those related to the confidential source.

"This was a Political hit job, this was not an Intelligence Investigation", Trump said in a series of tweets, quoting Fox News commentator Dan Bongino.

Gaetz on Tuesday called on House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, to put the resolution to appoint another special counsel on the House floor for a vote.

Sanders said that no Democrats were attending the meeting because they did not ask to attend.

According to the New York Times the informant was in contact with three Trump campaign aides - George Papadopoulos, Sam Clovis and Carter Page - but no evidence has yet emerged to suggest that the investigation was politically motivated or that the informant acted improperly.

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.

Trump cited the news stories to expand upon a theme he has sounded a few times before: that the Obama administration inappropriately spied on his campaign.

It was also not clear which lawmakers would be invited to review the information.

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!"

"A lot of people are saying they had spies in my campaign", President Trump said during his wide-ranging comments in the Oval Office during a press spray of a meeting with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in. "We don't care. Whatever is in the service of the president we're willing to do'". "And we have the responsibility and the authority to have oversight over these things, and the American public are starting to get it, and they're exhausted of the stalling and the excuses coming from the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and frankly so are we".

"If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action", Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement.