Kim Meeting More Likely Than Mueller One, Giuliani Says

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Trump escalated his efforts to discredit that investigation Wednesday, tweeting: "Look how things have turned around on the Criminal Deep State". Some also questioned whether their presence violated Justice Department policy meant to limit contacts with the White House to specific circumstances. Trump and his allies have sought to cast that as inappropriate political spying.

"I think it is more inevitable than a Mueller interview", Giuliani said on Thursday to the Washington Post.

"We now call it 'Spygate.' You're calling it 'Spygate, '" Trump beamed inaccurately, on the South Lawn.

"No, James R. Clapper Jr., I am not happy", Trump wrote. "Spying on a campaign would be illegal, and a scandal to boot!"

The use of the confidential source has been at the fore of Trump and conservative lawmakers' long-running feud with the Justice Department and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Trump's campaign coordinated with Russian Federation during the campaign.

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Matthew Miller, a former spokesperson for the Department of Justice, on Thursday blasted President Donald Trump and Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee for orchestrating a briefing to unmask a confidential informant who allegedly provided information to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. "They acknowledged to us orally that they understand that they can't violate the Justice Department rules".

"The president personally wanted Emmet there [Thursday]", Giuliani said.

Comey has said he had the authority as a private citizen to ask a friend to share details from one of his memos with the news media and that he did nothing wrong.

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".

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.

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"What is the point of the separate briefing if not to cause partisan trouble?" he said. "Although he did not participate in the meetings which followed, as the White House's attorney handling the Special Counsel's investigation, his involvement - in any capacity - was entirely improper, and I made this clear to him". Former FBI Director James Comey, who was sacked by Trump previous year, tweeted Wednesday that the agency's use of secret informants was "tightly regulated and essential to protecting the country". They brought documents to Capitol Hill but did not share them, and made several remarks about the importance of protecting intelligence sources and methods.

He's tweeted: "How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?"

Meanwhile, lawmakers met with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department to discuss Trump's allegations about the "Spygate", according to Fox News.

"I have a lot of concerns about that", Representative Jerrold Nadler of NY said of the possibility that a lawmaker may have given such information to Trump through back channels. The howls are a diversion from the actual crisis: the Justice Department's unprecedented contempt for duly elected representatives, and the lasting harm it is doing to law enforcement and to the department's relationship with Congress.

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