Congressional leaders to review information on Russian Federation probe

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The meeting attendees will be Representatives Devin Nunes, chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, and Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, White House spokesman Sarah Sanders told the daily news briefing. Thursday's meeting is the latest example, although it wasn't clear precisely what documents Nunes and Gowdy are expecting and whether they will receive them then.

Monday's announcement comes as the Trump administration continues to strike a defiant tone over Mueller's investigation into Russian Federation and the Trump campaign's potential collusion with Moscow's alleged effort to sway the 2016 election.

Not all Republicans are on board with conservative House members' calls for a second special counsel - or with the allegations that Trump's campaign was the target of a spying operation. The release of the full document is likely to invite new calls for potential criminal charges against McCabe and possibly former FBI Director James Comey.


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

The Justice Department's internal probe began in March at the request of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and congressional Republicans. The panel didn't publicize the subpoena, but the Justice Department released a letter it sent to Nunes rejecting the request for information "regarding a specific individual".

Two Republican lawmakers, and no Democrats, are expected to attend a meeting that has been scheduled for Thursday to allow them to review classified information relating to claims the Federal Bureau of Investigation used an informant to gather information on Trump's presidential campaign, the White House said on Tuesday.


While the president fumed over surveillance, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen stunned some lawmakers by saying she wasn't aware of the USA intelligence assessment that Russia's meddling was meant to help Mr. Trump get elected. Negotiations between the House Republicans and the Justice department appeared to stall last week ahead of Trump's tweet - an apparent reversal of the White House's initial policy.

House Intelligence ranking member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., warned Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that revealing the source's identity or other information "could compromise the investigation".

"I hope they weren't", Trump added, because "that would be unprecedented in the history of our country". "Never mind that DOJ has warned that lives and alliances are at risk". Mr. Caputo said he was also approached by an informant.


The pretext Trump seized on is the revelation that a longtime FBI and Central Intelligence Agency informant, described as a retired college professor, made contact with three Trump campaign associates before the election as part of the FBI's initial investigation into Russian meddling. She said Democrats were cut out because they had not requested the same materials that their Republican colleagues had. The source, GOP veteran and former University of Cambridge professor Stefan Halper, had contact with at least three advisers to Trump during the campaign.

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