WH Brokers, But Will Not Attend, Meeting About Secret Russia Probe Documents

ImagePresident Trump spoke on Tuesday at the Susan B. Anthony List

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced at a White House press briefing that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., would be the only two lawmakers at the meeting, which would also include FBI Director Christopher Wray, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Ed O'Callaghan.

On Sunday Trump demanded an investigation following initial reports about the informant, leading the DOJ to direct Inspector General Michael Horowitz to investigate whether agents surveiled the campaign for political purposes, and if they were instructed to do so by the Obama administration.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWH aides intentionally compose Trump tweets with grammatical mistakes: report Holder: DOJ, FBI should reject Trump's requests Ex-Trump campaign adviser rips claims of spy in campaign: It's "embarrassing" MORE's legal team is hoping to limit questions asked by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE during a potential interview to just questions regarding the issue of collusion with Russia, CNN reports.

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.

Trump has attacked one flank by demanding an expanded investigation into the ongoing inquiry about Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether anyone in his campaign was involved.

Sanders said Democrats would not attend the meeting because they have not requested the information Congressmen Nunes and Gowdy want to see.

Rosenstein risked Trump's ire if he didn't respond, but it's highly unusual for a president to intervene in a Department investigation in this way.

Whenever the probe concludes, Trump could "have a base of political support that's already been persuaded to view the Mueller investigation with suspicion", says Bies.

When asked if he had confidence in Mr. Rosenstein, Mr. Trump declined to answer.

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No White House staff will attend and no Democrats were invited.

Nunes, an ardent Trump supporter and head of the House Intelligence Committee, has been demanding information on an FBI source in the Russian Federation investigation.

Then Trump weighed in more strongly than ever with a "demand" for more information from the Justice Department, and Rosenstein acceded to it Monday.

"But you can't be the one to fire him because we've got some weak-kneed Republicans out there who will come after you for firing the guy who needed firing", he recalled while holding a photo of himself whispering in Trump's ear last summer.

A handful of House Democrats have already started arguing it may be necessary to impeach Trump.

Conservatives have been criticizing the department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian interference in the election for months.

The goal is to review highly classified information the lawmakers have been seeking on the handling of the Russian Federation investigation.

The group, some of the president's most vocal supporters on Capitol Hill, have vented about the Mueller investigation and DOJ for months, accusing the department of not fulfilling requests for documents and information and its senior officials and some investigators of political bias, citing some members' donations to Democrats and Democratic causes. "This is not only a threat to the rule of law, but a risky precedent for our democracy".

"The review of highly classified documents in the midst of a highly charged partisan conflict raises the clear and present danger of illegal disclosure potentially catastrophic to confidential sources and operations", Blumenthal warned.

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