DOJ to Brief Congress on 2016 Campaign Informant

Under pressure from President Trump, Justice Department officials agreed to review highly classified information with congressional leaders connected to the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, The announcement was made after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray met with the president.

Under pressure from President Trump, Justice Department officials agreed to review highly classified information with congressional leaders connected to the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Politico reports. The decision to share the information came after Trump met with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray and asked them to turn over to Congress and his legal team all of the memos they have about an FBI informant who made contact with his 2016 campaign. “Based on the meeting with the President, the Department of Justice has asked the Inspector General to expand its current investigation to include any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s or the Department of Justice’s tactics concerning the Trump Campaign,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Sanders added that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will confer with national security leaders and Congress “to review highly classified and other information they have requested.” The breadth of the agreement — and what information, exactly, might be provided — was not immediately clear. The Justice Department had previously indicated that sharing details about its informant could risk lives and endanger national security. It’s also unclear who will be permitted to view the documents. Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said the documents requested by Trump will “indicate what the informant found.” Trump’s lawyers also want to interview the FBI officials who made the decision to connect the informant with the campaign. “It’s the FBI who has the onus for having invaded the campaign,” Giuliani said.  He predicted the Justice Department would place redactions on some parts of the material.

from https://thecrimereport.org