House conservatives want second special counsel to investigate alleged DOJ 'misconduct'


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.

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 Thursday meeting will include FBI Director Wray along with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., Director of Intelligence Dan Coats and Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Ed O'Callahan.

Sanders said on Tuesday that no Democrats were attending the meeting because they had not asked to attend.

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.

Separately on Monday, Trump's ally Chuck Grassley, the Iowa Republican who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he wants more documents from the Justice Department about a figure connected to the infamous dossier about Trump that appeared publicly in early 2017.

United States officials have told CNN there was no such source planted inside Trump's campaign to provide information to investigators.

Trump made the demand amid days of public venting about the special counsel investigation, which he has deemed a "witch hunt" that he says has yielded no evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.

He said both he and his friend took the emails to mean the ones that Clinton had acknowledged deleting because she said they were not work-related.

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But Sanders insisted that Democrats were cut out because they had not requested the same materials that their Republican colleagues had.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has called Trump's claim of an embedded spy "nonsense".

"If they had spies in my campaign, that would be a disgrace to this country, that would be one of the biggest insults that anyone's ever seen, and it would be very illegal", Trump said at the White House. And the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security made some surprising remarks about the investigation.

The back and forth between the Justice Department and Congress began with a classified subpoena from Nunes in late April. The agreement was made during a meeting between Trump, U.S. Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein and Wray.

Without substantiation, Trump tweeted in March 2017 that former President Barack Obama had conducted surveillance the previous October at Trump Tower, the NY skyscraper where Trump ran his campaign and transition and maintains a residence.

This story comes days after it was reported far and wide that Rudy Giuliani had said Mueller already agreed to narrow down questions from five topics to two.

Steele was commissioned by a US private intelligence company to research Trump's ties to Russian Federation, and his work was underwritten by Democrats.

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

The Justice Department said the White House had signed off on its letter, but Nunes wasn't satisfied, and continued to pressure the department.