Republicans, no Democrats, invited to see documents on USA election probe

President Donald Trump speaks at the Susan B. Anthony List 11th Annual Campaign for Life Gala at the National Building Museum Tuesday

In an interview with Politico, the former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is also representing Trump, said that information from the meeting could help accelerate the investigation. Since then, the special counsel has provided more details in an effort to convince Trump's lawyers to agree to an interview.

In the meantime, Trump and closely aligned Republicans in Congress have flipped the tables on the politically damaging Russian Federation probe by calling for a new investigation - this time into whether the FBI spied on his presidential campaign in its own bid to sway the 2016 election.

The mere existence of a government informant in an investigation doesn't mean a probe is tainted.

President Donald Trump is not backing down on his unproven claim that the Federal Bureau of Investigation planted a spy in his presidential campaign.

Expert 'would not be surprised' if US-North Korea summit rescheduled
In his letter to Kim, Trump cited "tremendous anger and open hostility" from North Korea as reasons for pulling out of the summit. Most of the test tunnels lie under Mount Mantap, a granite mountain that is flawless for containing powerful nuclear explosions.

The top Democrat on the House intelligence panel, California Rep. Adam Schiff, said the briefing should have been done through the bipartisan "Gang of 8", which includes Republican and Democratic leaders and the top Republicans and Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence panels.

The meeting attendees will be Representatives Devin Nunes, chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, and Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, White House spokesman Sarah Sanders told the daily news briefing. The California Democrat said she had directed Schiff to attend in her place so as to make sure "henchmen of the president" do not interfere with the investigation.

File photos of Donald Trump and James Comey.

FBI Director Christopher Wray, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, held two unusual classified briefings for senior lawmakers of both parties in the wake of the Republican president's claim.

The White House is also distracted by Yanny/Laurel social media storm
The age of your ears will also affect what you hear, the sounds of "Yanny play at a higher frequency than those of "Laurel". White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders makes a lighthearted joke when asked why she only hears Laurel.

President Donald Trump is declining to say whether he has confidence in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after the White House negotiated rare access to classified documents for Trump's congressional allies.

More generally, Comey said, "The word "spy" is not an accurate characterization in any case of the FBI's use of confidential human sources, which are a critical tool in all of our investigations - people telling us things that they know".

Comey's comments on Wednesday follow former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's conclusion in a new book that the Russian election meddling, which allegedly included illegal hacking and leaking of stolen information as well as propaganda, had a decisive influence in electing Trump. They also said it was inappropriate for White House officials to attend any part of a meeting about a criminal investigation that directly concerns the president and his campaign. The Justice Department had resisted sharing information, saying it jeopardized the source. And the White House said Kelly would organize the meeting with House lawmakers to discuss the documents. He was referring to a group of eight bipartisan congressional leaders who receive briefings on the nation's most sensitive intelligence.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, an ardent Trump supporter, had originally requested the information on an FBI source in the Russian Federation investigation. But NPR and other news outlets have identified him as Stefan Halper, a retired professor who served in several Republican presidential administrations.

Brexit border plan 'must be longer-term' says Tony Lloyd
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