Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Trey Gowdy and Andrew Napolitano dismantle Trump's 'Spygate' theories

Donald Trump says he wishes he'd never picked Jeff Sessions as his attorney general Dershowitz on Trump Spy Claims: I'm 'Halfway Persuaded' FBI Acted Properly
Andrew Cummings | 31 May, 2018, 20:17

More recently, Trump has joined some of his Republican allies in Congress in its protracted attacks on the Justice Department, this time over congressional requests for some of the FBI's most closely held secrets.

A top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said the president's repeated claims that the Federal Bureau of Investigation spied on his presidential campaign are "a piece of propaganda the president wants to put out and repeat".

Gowdy told CBS on Wednesday that he could sympathize with Trump's frustrations about Sessions based on what he called Sessions' reticence about his willingness to take part in the Russian Federation probe.

Trump's tweets came the morning after The New York Times reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Trump's efforts to get Sessions to change his mind about the recusal. Prosecutors filed a similar motion last week in the case of George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign aide who pleaded guilty previous year to lying to investigators.

"If they were there for some nefarious reason, the one Giuliani suggested, to gather data from the campaign and pass it to the West Wing and pass it to Mrs. Clinton, I'd want to see evidence of that before I made an allegation that outrageous", Napolitano concluded.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores declined to comment on Trump's tweet Wednesday, saying the department doesn't discuss presidential communications. "There are lots of really good lawyers in the country, he could have picked somebody else!' And I wish I did!" Trump asked a crowd at a campaign rally in Tennessee.

North Korea nuclear talks get underway
Sanders said Trump will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on June 7 to co-ordinate their thinking ahead of the summit. Kim Yong Chol's journey to the USA caps a frenetic few days of meetings between North Korean and American officials.

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Danny Ainge Reveals Why Kyrie Irving Wasn’t At Game 7
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"Our president has a long history of rolling out baseless accusations and conspiracy theories from his role before he was president in arguing that President Obama was not an American to his claim right after the campaign that 3 million illegals had voted without any proof or evidence to his claim that President Obama had tapped his phone in Trump Tower without any evidence", Coons said on CNN. Later in the week, then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer referenced Napolitano's claim in a news briefing, and Trump also repeated the assertion in a news conference.

Trump said he was "sorry" he was spending so much time on the Russian Federation investigation and said he has "to start focusing my energy" on the nuclear threat posed by North Korea, "bad Trade Deals", the economy and other issues.

In Gowdy's interview with Fox News, the outgoing congressman called on the president to sit down for an interview with Mueller.

"For me, if you're going to use the term spy, which I never have liked, but let's assume it's a valid term, to me that suggests using intelligence trade craft, employing an operative who has been formally trained in clandestine collection, someone who's masking their identity or someone who is recruiting and this informant was none of that", explained Clapper.

Lawmakers demanded the briefing following reports a government informant approached Trump campaign officials.

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