In the case of President Donald Trump, the Federal Bureau of Investigation called on a longtime informant - identified by several news outlets as an American professor living in Britain - to ascertain whether Trump's campaign aides accepted help from the Russian government to sink Hillary Clinton's presidential ambitions.
Members of the administration claim that an informant met with several key players like Carter Page and George Papadopolis to retrieve private information as part of larger effort to aid special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.
The mere existence of a government informant in an investigation doesn't mean a probe is tainted.
Spying on President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign for "national security" purposes would not provide the "clear criminal predicate" required to authorize such surveillance, retired FBI Special Agent James Wedick said Wednesday on "The Ingraham Angle".
In an interview with Reuters, Comey also said he would be leery of the Federal Bureau of Investigation trying to track propaganda in the United States, let alone take action against it, while acknowledging that it was a major problem for the US political system.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., defended the House Intelligence Committee's requests for records from the DOJ about the Russian Federation investigation, following several weeks of a contentious back-and-forth between House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and DOJ officials. "What goes around, comes around!" They disparage President Trump's tweets decrying "spygate" as the usual Trump piffle.
Ryan, who is leaving town to attend fundraisers in Houston later Thursday, defended the plan to have two meetings, saying they were the "same briefing".
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President Trump took to Twitter on Friday to address the ongoing accusations of a spy or informant on his campaign.
The White House later said in a statement that Kelly and Flood made brief remarks at the beginning of the meeting to "relay the President's desire for as much openness as possible" and departed before it actually began.
Turning to tomorrow's meeting between Trump's GOP "hero" Devin Nunes and intelligence officials, Trump said, "When they look at the documents, I think people are going to see a lot of bad things happened".
In a series of tweets Wednesday, the president said Democrats continuously go after a phony collusion with Russian Federation narrative, which is a made-up scam.
Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Emmet Flood, was spotted on camera leaving a highly classified meeting between lawmakers and members of the Department of Justice to analyze the evidence about whether or not a spy was placed inside the Trump campaign. Nunes has demanded information on an FBI source in the Russian Federation investigation. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and himself after the conclusion of the second briefing, which was for a bipartisan group of senators.
Schiff said he does not believe the meeting is appropriate, particularly because the White House was involved in organizing it.
Former FBI director James Comey, whom Trump fired a year ago, also weighed in on the controversy Wednesday, chastising both the president and GOP lawmakers.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had originally said no one from the White House would attend the briefing. "How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?" tweeted Comey, a former Republican who now identifies as an independent.