On Wednesday, Democratic leaders petitioned the Department of Justice to cancel a closed meeting with top Republicans in the House over highly sensitive documents they requested related to the Russia collusion probe.
However, the Dems said, if the briefing was going to happen, both parties should be invited.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Ca., and committee member Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., are planning to attend the review of information concerning an FBI informant who purportedly attempted an infiltration of President Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Last week, Trump alleged the FBI had spied on his presidential pursuit, demanding the DOJ investigate the bureau’s use of a plant.
Reports are there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president. It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a “hot” Fake News story. If true – all time biggest political scandal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2018
Trump went on to (today) label the operation “SPYGATE.”
SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2018
The whole situation has ruffled the feathers of prominent Democratic egglayers, namely House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Ca., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, N.Y., who insisted the impending meeting would be “completely improper.” Furthermore, in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Chris Wray, the two clucked:
“[This meeting] would set a damaging precedent for our institutions and the rule of law. We can think of no legitimate oversight justification for the ex parte dissemination – at the direction of the president – of investigative information to the president’s staunchest defenders in Congress and, ultimately, to the president’s legal defense team.”
But, they added, if the party’s gonna happen, they should be allowed to throw on their dancin’ shoes and help themselves to some spiked punch:
“If you have determined in your best judgment that Justice Department participation in the meeting is the only way to prevent this situation from devolving into an outright constitutional crisis, then we believe you must insist on the only appropriate mechanism for highly sensitive briefings that might implicate intelligence sources and methods – a bipartisan Gang of Eight briefing that involves congressional leadership from both chambers.”
Democrat Adam Schiff called the meeting “a serious abuse of power.”
The White House has directed the DOJ and FBI to hold a partisan briefing on infomation the President wants given to his allies in Congress. No Democrats allowed.
This is another serious abuse of power. There’s a bipartisan mechanism called the Gang of 8. They need to use it.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 22, 2018
And even this guy said this thing, and he’s a (albeit not-seeking-re-election) Republican:
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) May 23, 2018
Meanwhile, this thing is happening:
The saga continues.
What do you think? Should the Democrats be allowed to attend the meeting? Should there be a meeting at all?
More importantly, how big of a win do you believe this entire SPYGATE idea is for the GOP? For once, President Trump has investigators working in defense of him. To me, that seems substantial. Am I wrong? Let the spinning world know in the comments below.
And for more of my coverage on Trump’s accusations of inappropriate FBI espionage, check out this story.
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