Comey Says Trump Lied About 'Spygate' Claims

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Since then, the special counsel has provided more details in an effort to convince Trump's lawyers to agree to an interview.

"The spy was there early in the campaign and yet never reported Collusion with Russian Federation, because there was no Collusion".

The comments came just before White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that a meeting to allow House Republicans to review highly classified information on the Russian Federation probe will happen Thursday.

Trump's lead lawyer countering Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, Emmet Flood, and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly were also allowed to attend the opening of both briefings, a move Democrats decried as a disturbing breach of protocol.

They spoke "to relay the president's desire for as much openness as possible under the law", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. A second briefing, which took place two hours later in a secure space on Capitol Hill, included the Gang of 8 - minus Speaker Ryan, who cited a scheduling conflict.

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Giuliani also said the president was unlikely to make changes at the Department of Justice and had no intention of firing Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or Attorney General Jeff Sessions - all three of whom have come under sustained attack from the president.

Justice Department officials also briefed other members of Congress ― the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" composed of congressional leaders and the top members of the intelligence committees from both parties― on Thursday afternoon.

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"Never has there been anything so disrespectful of the Congress than what they're doing today", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters Thursday.

Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, pointed out that the intentional disclosure of the identity of a covert agent is a crime under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. The lawmakers have accused the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice of political bias against Trump in favor of Democratic former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during his successful presidential campaign.

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, has been interviewed a second time by special counsel Robert Mueller's team.

Trump has gradually escalated his rhetoric on the matter this week, coining it "spygate" and tweeting on Wednesday: "Look how things have turned around on the Criminal Deep State".

It remained unclear what, if any, spying was done. "We'd urge the Justice Department to re-evaluate, to acknowledge they made a mistake".

Former FBI director James Comey, whom Trump fired previous year, also weighed in on the controversy Wednesday, chastising both the president and GOP lawmakers. Former federal prosecutor Daniel Goldman was on MSNBC Wednesday morning to explain the difference between a spy and someone who just gives information to the authorities.

"I don't know where he's getting that from, honestly", Comey said.

The Justice Department's internal probe began in March at the request of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and congressional Republicans.

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