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Trump Boosts Pressure on DOJ           05/23 06:12

   President Donald Trump is increasing the pressure on the Justice Department, 
declining to say whether he has confidence in Deputy Attorney General Rod 
Rosenstein after the White House negotiated rare access to classified documents 
for Trump's congressional allies.

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is increasing the pressure on the 
Justice Department, declining to say whether he has confidence in Deputy 
Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after the White House negotiated rare access to 
classified documents for Trump's congressional allies.

   Asked before a private meeting Tuesday with the president of South Korea if 
he has confidence in Rosenstein, who is overseeing the special counsel's Russia 
investigation, he told reporters to move on to another question.

   "Excuse me, I have the president of South Korea here," Trump said. "He 
doesn't want to hear these questions, if you don't mind."

   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 Russia probe will happen Thursday.

   Sanders said FBI Director Christopher Wray, National Intelligence Director 
Dan Coats and Justice Department official Edward O'Callaghan will meet with 
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and House Oversight and 
Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy.

   Nunes, an ardent Trump supporter, has been demanding information on an FBI 
source in the Russia investigation, according to the Justice Department. And 
Trump has taken up the cause as the White House tries to combat the threat 
posed by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential ties 
between Russia and the Trump campaign.

   Trump said Tuesday it would be a "disgrace" to the country if it's shown 
that the FBI had spies in his campaign, and that would "make probably every 
political event ever look like small potatoes."

   Later Tuesday, Trump tweeted, "The spy was there early in the campaign and 
yet never reported Collusion with Russia, because there was no Collusion."

   In a tweet Sunday, Trump demanded that the Justice Department investigate 
whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign and "if any such demands 
or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!"

   In response to Trump's tweet, the Justice Department said it would expand an 
open, internal investigation into the ongoing Russia probe by examining whether 
there was any politically motivated surveillance. The White House then said 
Monday that Trump chief of staff John Kelly would organize the meeting to 
review the documents.

   Sanders said no White House staffers --- including Kelly --- will be present 
at Thursday's meeting. She said no Democrats were invited because they had not 
requested the information, despite calls from lawmakers for the briefing to be 
bipartisan.

   The top Democrat on the House intelligence panel, California Rep. Adam 
Schiff, said the briefing should have been done through the bipartisan "Gang of 
8," which includes Republican and Democratic leaders and the top Republicans 
and Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence panels. That group regularly 
receives classified briefings.

   The New York Times was the first to report that the FBI had an informant who 
met several times with Trump campaign officials who had suspicious contacts 
linked to Russia.

   The Justice Department's internal probe began in March at the request of 
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and congressional Republicans. Sessions and the 
lawmakers urged Inspector General Michael Horowitz to review whether FBI and 
Justice Department officials abused their surveillance powers by using 
information compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British spy, and paid for 
by Democrats to justify monitoring Carter Page, a former campaign adviser to 
Trump.

   Horowitz said his office will look at those claims as well as communications 
between Steele and Justice and FBI officials.


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