Trump Demands Review Of Russia Investigation Surveillance Tactics

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

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

The Justice Department said the agency's inspector general tasked with conducting oversight of the department would look into the questions raised by Trump as part of its ongoing investigation into the government surveillance of former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page during the presidential campaign.

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. Justice Department guidelines do not allow consideration of party affiliation to affect personnel decisions.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said chief of staff John Kelly planned to "immediately" schedule a meeting with the officials and leaders of Congress to "review highly classified and other information they have requested". Sessions and the lawmakers urged Inspector General Michael Horowitz to review whether Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials abused their surveillance powers by using information compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British spy, and paid for by Democrats to justify monitoring Carter Page, a former campaign adviser to Trump.

And Trump has taken up the cause as the White House tries to combat the threat posed by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

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President Donald Trump says he will order the Department of Justice to look into whether the Trump campaign was watched "for political purposes".

The president's outside lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, told NPR that Mueller's office has told the president's legal team that the part of the investigation involving the president-both the question of obstruction and collusion-would conclude by September 1 if the much-debated interview with Trump takes place by mid-July.

The Justice Department's internal probe began in March at the request of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and congressional Republicans.

Sara said I'm wrong: "An informant is very different from a spy".

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No White House staff will attend and no Democrats were invited. The Justice Department has in the past offered classified briefings to Nunes, though they have refused to turn over documents. Schiff and other committee Democrats were furious and argued that Republicans had not subpoenaed many witnessed they considered essential to the committee's work.

Rep. Thomas J. Rooney (R-Fla.), a senior member of the House Intelligence Committee, predicted that Nunes and Gowdy's meeting with senior Justice Department officials will help put to rest some of the circulating concerns and return lawmakers' focus to the matter of election security.

"If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action", said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Trump's lawyers are insisting on an audio recording of any interview with the President, so there is no question exactly what was said.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper defended using an informant on ABC's "The View". Trump fired Comey over the bureau's Russian Federation investigation.

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Caputo added: "I know because they came at me".

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