The original meeting was scheduled for just Nunes and Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, but the Justice Department relented and allowed additional lawmakers to come after Democrats strongly objected.
The White House said in a statement that neither Flood nor Kelly "actually attended the meetings but did make brief remarks before the meetings started to relay the President's desire for as much openness as possible under the law". Hours earlier, the White House had said that the briefing for the "Gang of Eight" would happen next month. The Justice Department official who would be the one to receive any complaints from Giuliani would presumably be Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller a year ago in the wake of Comey's firing and was present for Thursday's briefings.
Anyone who objectively has been following what the Trump administration has been up to since they took office should be able to identify multiple examples of all four of these strategies.
On Thursday, two meetings were held with lawmakers to resolve issues around the documents. But Democrats continued to protest, and the same-day meeting was ultimately agreed to.
The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee called Thursday for the Justice Department to investigate who leaked the existence of the informant, saying he's concerned it might be a member of Congress.
As far as we know, the Saudi/UAE assistance never materialized, much like the Russian dirt on Hillary Clinton that Don Jr. was so keen to get his hands on.
"I don't have a great answer for them", Comey said of social media companies including Facebook and Twitter, which were major venues for what US intelligence agencies have said was a Russian-sponsored effort to help President Donald Trump win the 2016 USA election.
He has told advisers he doesn't want the accusations of partisanship to overshadow the larger story, which he believes is a conspiracy by law enforcement against him. The first meeting was held at the Justice Department while the "Gang of Eight" briefing was on Capitol Hill.
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The truck was registered to Mendez Trucking, of Belleville, and had "In God We Trust" emblazoned on the back of it. In the accident were students of the 5th class . "We also thank the first responders who did a tremendous job".
But Republican critics of the Justice Department and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein remain deeply pessimistic that the Justice Department will divulge anything on Thursday.
Inherent in the Intelligence Committee's work "is the responsibility to ask tough questions of the executive branch", he said in a statement.
He reiterated that contempt of Congress should still be on the table if Rosenstein doesn't heed to their demands. In 2016, he alleged that President Barack Obama for "wiretapping" Trump Tower, an assertion for which the Department of Justice later said in a court filing there was no evidence.
The White House acknowledged that chief of staff John Kelly and a top lawyer for President Trump in the Russian Federation matter had been present for two secret briefings about the investigation on Thursday but hadn't stayed for the substance.
After meeting with Trump on Monday, Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials agreed to speak with Nunes - which they viewed as a small concession, as they had previously offered a briefing that Nunes did not attend. However, since Donald Trump supporters tend to be blind to such details, perhaps this will open their eyes. Some members fear Trump's attempts to help may backfire. It is common practice for the FBI to use confidential sources to help advance investigations, and they are not considered spies.
Clapper oversaw the U.S. intelligence community for over six years, during which the intelligence community concluded in a declassified report that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an "influence campaign" aimed at hurting Hillary Clinton and helping Trump in the election.
"'Everyone knows there was a Spy, and in fact the people who were involved in the Spying are admitting that there was a Spy". "As best I can tell, it's made up".