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President Trump has called the FBI's alleged use of Halper as an informant "bigger than Watergate", and the entire investigation "the greatest Witch Hunt in American History".

According to the reports, the informant met with Trump campaign advisers to try to learn more about whether they had relationships with any foreign governments.

As part of the operation, an agent was tasked with extracting potentially compromising information from George Papadopoulos, Sam Clovis, Carter Page and other members of the Trump campaign. "He wasn't just a fly on the wall; he was someone [who] went out there fishing", Bedford said.

Zeldin's resolution comes less than a day after the justice department announced its request that Inspector General Michael Horowitz expand his review of the FBI's "Russian collusion" investigation to include possible abuses of the surveillance application process and political motivation.

US President Donald Trump demanded on Sunday that the Justice Department investigate whether his presidential campaign was "infiltrated" or spied on for political purposes.

At the same time, some former Justice Department and intelligence officials say there's not only so far no evidence of a scandal but that Trump is overstepping the bounds that should constrain presidential interference in an ongoing investigation. That recommendation came during the transition in Winter 2017, per Swan, and Halper also visited the White House for a meeting about China last summer.

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Republican U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin said he and 16 other members of Congress will introduce a resolution on Tuesday alleging Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation misconduct involving surveillance in the Trump-Russia probe.

With the full-throated backing of right-wing media, Trump has described this person as a "spy" who was "implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president".

Democrats said Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation should be protected and information, such as about any informant, should not be shared with Congress. The diplomat eventually told USA officials what Papadopoulos said. Justice Department leaders have fought vigorously against turning over to Congress materials on the FBI's source.

The Washington Post: "Rosenstein, Wray to meet with Trump amid brewing controversy over FBI's use of confidential informant in Russian Federation probe" - "Top law enforcement and intelligence officials, including Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher A. Wray, are scheduled to meet with President Trump at the White House on Monday afternoon amid a brewing battle over the bureau's use of a confidential source to advance the investigation of Trump's 2016 campaign". Comey later testified to Congress that internal reviews found no information to support the president's tweets. It is far more likely that Mr. Mueller has concluded that Justice Department policy now forbids such a step, but that he has a path forward toward seeking indictment if he believes it warranted.

Sanders had said earlier that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats were expected to gather at the White House on Monday afternoon for a discussion aimed at addressing congressional requests.


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