That's because back in 2007, the head coach of the New England Patriots was caught spying on his rivals, the New York Jets. 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. Giuliani said it would be appropriate for Trump to be briefed about the findings. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement that "I can not and will not comment on a classified session" and that "I look forward to the prompt completion of the intelligence committee's oversight work in this area".
It remains unclear what, if any, spying was done. 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 coach, Bill Belichick, was fined $500,000 when people found out that he was filming the defensive signals to gain insider information about the team's tactics, reported NESN.
Trump has zeroed in on, and at times embellished, reports that a longtime us government informant approached members of his campaign in a possible bid to glean intelligence on Russian efforts to sway the election.
Normally that'd be the cue for a little "bigger than Watergate" Republican pushback, but as I write this Devin Nunes and Trey Gowdy have been conspicuously silent. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, South Carolina Sen. White House is calling it an immigration event. Wall Street Journal's Kimberley Strassel says the press has ignored this story because they still want the Russian collusion narrative to be true.
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FBI Director Christopher Wray, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Acting Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Ed O'Callaghan are also expected to attend, she said.
Revelations that the Federal Bureau of Investigation used an informant to monitor the Trump campaign in 2016 serve to reinforce the president's contention that "deep state" forces are out to get him. "They go after Phony Collusion with Russian Federation, a made up Scam, and end up getting caught in a major SPY scandal the likes of which this country may never have seen before!", he wrote on Twitter.
There's no telling what kind of information was actually discussed in those meetings, but we do know that Democrat, Adam Schiff, the only Democrat allowed to go to that meeting, did come out and say there was absolutely nothing to confirm Trump's claims that there was a spy within his campaign.
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The department originally rejected Nunes' appeal, writing in a letter in April that his request for information "regarding a specific individual" could have severe consequences, including potential loss of human life.
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.
An independent investigator from the Department of Justice responded to directives from the president to determine if there is any credence to the unsubstantiated claim.
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