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The White House gave no evidence to support Trump's claim that President Barack Obama's administration was trying to spy on his 2016 campaign for political reasons. More than a year ago, he admitted as much in an interview with Lester Holt, when he said the Russian Federation investigation weighed heavily in his decision to fire FBI Director Jim Comey.
Nunes, an ardent Trump supporter, has been demanding information on an FBI source in the Russian Federation investigation.
Hannity Blasts Comey: 'Did You Have a Spy in the Clinton Campaign?' "Spies" were not "placed" in his campaign. The Washington Post reported that some of the money Halper was paid was used to pay "other academics and experts" he had hired to conduct research and prepare reports. A Monmouth University poll this month showed that the number of Americans who believe the Mueller investigation should continue is shrinking - it is now 54 per cent, down from 60 per cent in March and 62 per cent last July.
Now, combine this 'nothing burger" with the debunked claims put forth in the Clinton-funded "Steele dossier, ' complete with "golden showers" in Moscow, and you have a very good case to "wrap up" the investigation, as Vice President Mike Pence recommended. Well it's not the president that's doing it: it's the Federal Bureau of Investigation itself. "Everyone was sort of aghast", said a Democratic congressional staffer.
Thus, the entire Mueller investigation, Republicans argue, has been an elaborate farce, created to tarnish Trump and the Republican Party in the run-up to the monumental midterm elections. Napolitano appeared on "Fox & Friends" earlier Wednesday morning.
Naturally, Trump's announcement triggered howls of pain from the Democrats. With Guiliani predicting that the Special Counsel may conclude its obstruction of justice investigation by September 1st, the Republicans' best hope might be to try and keep control of Congress. Tensions between the president and the intelligence community intensified after he took office, culminating in the firing of FBI chief James Comey and Trump's own frustration with attorney general Jeff Session for recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation.
"They were spying on - a term I don't particularly like but - what the Russians were doing", Clapper said. There is, quite simply, too much there, there for all this to be smoke and no fire.
"If he doesn't know, then it would seem a public explanation is also in order - about his management, and about just how far the "deep state" went without specific presidential approval", argued James Freeman, assistant editor of the Wall Street Journal. But Republican Senate leaders, including Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, and Richard M. Burr of North Carolina, the Intelligence Committee chairman, pressed the White House to change the audience to the so-called Gang of Eight, the select bipartisan group with whom the government's most sensitive intelligence is shared.
While there is no constitutional provision that says the president's personal lawyer can not make a statement at a classified briefing, legal scholars expressed misgivings.
First, there is the composition of the DOJ, which Lionel described, as only Lionel can, as a "Lernaean Hydra with many facets, divisions, jurisdictions and levels of loyalty".
The president of the United States - and his business and political associates - committed multiple crimes.
"No, no. We're not undercutting", Trump said. The task was promptly added to the already lengthy to-do list of the DOJ inspector general, Michael Horowitz.
The fact that he has the right to open or close investigations at will, of course, does not mean he would be right to do so. "The move tactically was brilliant". Trump and his allies have sought to cast that as inappropriate political spying.
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