Trump attacks ex-CIA chief John Brennan over 'hit job' Russian Federation probe

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The Justice Department is already examining aspects of its Russian Federation investigation, including its use of surveillance of people in the Trump orbit, and it said on Sunday that it would incorporate the president's request into that work.

The stakes of the meeting were high, and Trump raised them significantly Sunday when he said on Twitter that he would order the Justice Department to "look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes - and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!"

Only it doesn't end there. The subject of the probe - Trump - wants to see it, too.

We may have to wait for the inspector general's report on that.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats also participated in Monday's White House meeting, according to two US officials.

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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. "He has disgraced himself, he has disgraced the Country, he has disgraced the entire Intelligence Community". It would have been an appalling dereliction of duty not to take a look at Trump advisers with Russia ties, such as Carter Page and George Papadopoulos, when the outlines of a Russian campaign to influence the election were emerging. He will be part of the meeting Kelly will convene as well, Sanders said. It will "include any irregularities" with DOJ or Federal Bureau of Investigation "tactics".

To Democrats, Trump's moves were a pure power play against Mueller. A White House official said Halper visited the Eisenhower Executive Office Building last August for a meeting about China.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said: "The president's behavior is the kind of grossly autocratic behavior we'd expect in a banana republic, not a mature democracy".

Trump did not mention that both Mueller and Rosenstein are Republicans.

"I've told him many times that there's no way to make an investigation like this shorter, but there's lots of ways to make it longer, and he's executed on a number of those ways to make it longer", Christie said.

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After getting a pitch from Halper, Navarro included him on a list of about a dozen names submitted to the transition team as candidates for posts in Asia, Axios said.

It was also not clear which lawmakers would be invited to review the information.

Fox News has learned the 12-page resolution will ask a second special counsel to probe matters related to three topics: The ending of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's personal email server, the progress of the Trump-Russia investigation from its origins through the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel, and abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) during the warrant application process.

The president's campaign sent out a fundraising plea to supporters shortly before the White House meeting.

The truth appears to be precisely the opposite of what Trump says, which is not uncommon.

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