Democrats say briefings did not support Trump's claim of Federal Bureau of Investigation 'spy'

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who attended the first Republican-only briefing, also declined to discuss what he learned.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not delve into details of the secret briefing, but did tell NPR after the meeting Thursday that he continues to back Mueller's investigation.

Mueller is the politically driven former FBI Director who is now leading a witch hunt against Trump on unproven allegations that Trump "colluded" with the Russians to help him with the election. It goes like this: President Donald Trump makes a ridiculous accusation that nearly everyone immediately understands to be false.

After the meetings were over, the Democrats who attended released a brief statement.

He noted that Politifact reported that the elder Trump more than 160 times "cited documents stolen by Russian intelligence agencies in the final month before the election". Though he said the White House officials left before the meeting was substantively underway, he added, "never seen a Gang of Eight meeting that included any presence from the White House".

But Schumer told Reuters that such a briefing needed to have Democrats as well as Republicans present as a "check on the disturbing tendency of the president's allies to distort facts and undermine the investigation and the people conducting it".

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner contended that "Mr. Giuliani could not be more wrong".

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"His exposure is unacceptable", Nadler wrote to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray late Thursday. This news seemed to scare former Central Intelligence Agency chief and close Obama ally John Brennan, whose panicked response was widely mocked by pro-Trump political surrogates who saw in this proof that one of the most powerful spies in the USA at the time might be afraid of going down with this scandal.

It was unclear how much information was given to lawmakers. "After making their brief comments they departed before the meetings officially started". The person declined to be identified because the briefing was classified.

But he said, "I look forward to the prompt completion of the Intelligence Committee's oversight work in this area now that they are getting the cooperation necessary. while protecting sources and methods".

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is looking into Russian interference in the election, any collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, possible obstruction of justice and whatever associated criminal activity might be uncovered. In the past, Nunes has refused to sit for briefings with Schiff. According to the USA official and another person briefed on the Capitol Hill meeting, Nunes did not speak at all during the briefing.

An attorney for Clovis told NPR that he remembered meeting Halper but that they mostly discussed China, not Russian Federation or its active measures campaign in 2016.

"Nothing we heard today has changed our view that there is no evidence to support any allegation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any intelligence agency placed a spy in the Trump campaign or other wise to failed follow appropriate procedures and protocols".

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, wants an investigation into how the name of a confidential intelligence source appeared in the press.

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