After earning his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1971, Halper quickly ascended, serving on the White House domestic policy council for President Richard M. Nixon and then in the Office of Management and Budget before being tapped as an assistant to President Gerald Ford's chief of staff. The department had Nunes over for a classified briefing but provided no documents, and Nunes decided not to attend a later briefing the department offered. The White House then said Monday that Trump chief of staff John Kelly would organize the meeting to review the documents. The press secretary said nobody from the White House will be on hand.
"In the other America - and make no mistake, there are tens of millions living in this alternative universe - the Obama administration sought to wiretap and spy on the Trump campaign for completely nefarious reasons", he writes.
But that has not satisfied some of Trump's biggest backers in Congress, who have ramped up the calls for a second special counsel amid a pressure campaign from House Republicans for the Justice Department to provide a range of documents to Congress, including those related to the confidential source.
"Donald Trump takes this very personally, he's watching very closely", Johnston said.
Ryan addressed the matter during a Capitol Hill press conference Tuesday.More news: Texas Governor to Hold Talks on School Violence After Massacre
Asked about Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Gaetz said "it's like over at the Department of Justice he's got Stockholm syndrome, he's become sympathetic with his captors over in the deep state".
At some point that year, he began working as a secret informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation as it investigated Russia's interference in the campaign, according to multiple people familiar with his activities.
On Sunday, Trump took to Twitter to issue a "demand" that the DOJ "look into" whether there was any improper surveillance of his campaign "for political purposes".
A day earlier, Trump demanded the Justice Department investigate the FBI for allegedly planting an informant in his campaign, and his lawyer pressed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to speed up the probe to avoid it affecting November's mid-term elections.More news: Palestinian plea to ICC could speed up war crime probe
The House intelligence committee, Nunes, and other lawmakers threatened Rosenstein with contempt of Congress or, potentially, impeachment.
Still, it was unclear how much further officials would be willing to go if the president remained unhappy.
Republicans have been unable to square their conspiracy theory about the FBI scheming against Trump during the campaign with the reality that the FBI said nothing about the active investigation into the Trump campaign until after the 2016 election was over. "That is not appropriate, and I have a concern about anyone from the White House being present for review of these sensitive documents, because the White House should have no role in access to these investigative materials". "He's a subject of this investigation, so the idea that he is doing this is really outrageous and you can see the FBI and the Justice Department trying to accommodate him but in a way that somehow preserves the investigation.it's unclear to me whether they'll be able to thread that needle".
"If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action", Rosenstein said in a statement.More news: Cougar kills mountain biker and injures another in Washington state