Republicans call for counsel to probe FBI's handling of 2016 election

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the 37th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol in Washington U.S

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"It's even worse when the president and his campaign are subject to that investigation".

The group, some of the president's most vocal supporters on Capitol Hill, have vented about the Mueller investigation and DOJ for months, accusing the department of not fulfilling requests for documents and information and its senior officials and some investigators of political bias, citing some members' donations to Democrats and Democratic causes. She said it had been arranged by Chief of Staff John Kelly, following a meeting Monday between President Donald Trump, Wray, Coats and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Trump has repeatedly said that he would like to sit down with Mueller for an interview, but the possibility seemed to chill earlier this year when Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, working on a referral from Mueller's office, raided the home and offices of Michael Cohen, Trump's longtime attorney. It's still an unpopular idea: A Quinnipiac University poll, conducted April 20-24, found that 74 percent of voters, including 59 percent of Republicans, oppose Trump firing Mueller.

"They were spying on - a term I don't particularly like - but on what the Russians were doing", Clapper said.

Nunes, an ardent Trump supporter, has been demanding information on an FBI source in the Russian Federation investigation, according to the Justice Department.

Trump's lawyers are also discussing a combination of in-person and written answers, according to CNN, which reported the deal making endeavor.

"If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action", Rosenstein said in a statement announcing the move.

Bies argues that was a mistake by Rosenstein, since "by referring unfounded and conspiratorial allegations to OIG, Rosenstein has really lent them the patina of credibility by responding to political pressure when there's no real factual predicate for this investigation".

Page said he and the source stayed in contact for more than a year, including meeting up back in the United States.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday ticked off the expected attendees when asked about the session during her semi-daily press briefing.

Whenever Mueller does present his findings, however, Trump will have already attempted to sow doubt about the investigation.

An interview deal would also keep Trump from being questioned on whether or not he obstructed justice in his time as president. But if the House of Representatives ever took that drastic step, it would likely be in response to particularly damning findings from Mueller's team.

"Maybe the just-published Politico report of Trump's deliberate, cavalier use of a cellphone that doesn't have strict security safeguards would be getting extra attention" if not for the Mueller investigation, Bruni pondered.

Americans are divided on impeachment.

Sanders said Democrats would not attend the meeting because they have not requested the information Congressmen Nunes and Gowdy want to see.

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. "It's most likely created to further antagonize his base towards to the Justice Department", says Jonathan Biran, a former federal prosecutor now at Rifkin Weiner Livingston. "The President may believe that will help him politically if he needs to rely on his base to mobilize against any kind of potential momentum for impeachment".

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