Freedom Caucus chairman: Who was Federal Bureau of Investigation informant reporting to?

U.S. President Donald Trump | Chip Somodevilla  Getty Images

U.S. President Donald Trump | Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

In recent days, he has been zeroing in on - and at times embellishing - reports that a longtime USA government informant approached members of his campaign during the 2016 presidential election in a possible bid to glean intelligence on Russian efforts to sway the election.

President Donald Trump has branded his latest attempt to discredit the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation as "spygate", part of a newly invigorated strategy embraced by his Republican colleagues to raise suspicions about the probe that has dogged his presidency since the start.

Subsequent reports revealed that Stefan Halper, a professor at the University of Cambridge, was dispatched by America's clandestine law enforcement services to provocatively probe members of the Trump team on whether they had any knowledge about so-called "Russian hacking", with this effort shockingly coming even before the government supposedly started electronic spying measures through FISA warrants.

Even as he reached a critical moment in his diplomatic efforts with North Korea and celebrated the release of a prisoner from Venezuela, President Donald Trump spent much of Memorial Day weekend tweeting angrily from the White House about the media and the Russian Federation investigation, continuing his strategy of trying to delegitimize the probe that has consumed him since his election. The social media specialist, Joel Zamel, extolled his company's ability to give an edge to a political campaign; by that time, the firm had already drawn up a multimillion-dollar proposal for a social media manipulation effort to help elect Mr. Trump. She said Department of Justice officials are withholding information from congressional committees because they are possibly hiding a really risky secret. "And when individuals like that are in the orbit of a major political campaign in America, the FBI, who is in charge of counterintelligence investigations, should look at people like that". And the White House said Kelly would organize the meeting with House lawmakers to discuss the documents, although he and other White House staffers would not be present. Speaking to reporters outside the White House on Wednesday, Trump said: "A lot of bad things have happened".

When President Trump complained that his campaign was being "wiretapped" by the Obama administration and Obama FBI, the mainstream news media howled against him saying that was ridiculous.

Tucker Carlson on Thursday challenged former Hillary Clinton adviser Richard Goodstein on the "insane" claim that Russians not only affected the outcome of the 2016 election, but they decided it. Former FBI Director James Comey, who was sacked by Trump past year, tweeted Wednesday that the agency's use of secret informants was "tightly regulated and essential to protecting the country".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told NPR after the meeting that he still supports the Mueller investigation and another one by the Justice Department's inspector general into FBI actions during the election.

Or in Trump's version, pound the investigators. But it seems that even before he became president, people around the world knew that Donald Trump was a man who could be bought.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida pushed back against that claim while appearing on ABC's "This Week", calling it appropriate to investigate a foreign adversary's potential interference with the democratic process.

'Attacks on the Federal Bureau of Investigation and lying about its work will do lasting damage to our country. "How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?". The president is seeking to put his own self-preservation ahead of the rule of law, and for that reason, his blatant lie about James Clapper earns the sad distinction of the latest Alternative Fact of the Week.

Schiff said Flood's presence at the meeting was "completely inappropriate".

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