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Is the Mueller probe costing $20 million, as Donald Trump says?

26 May 2018

This is information that does tie directly into the Robert Muller investigation.

Wedick's comment points to the most basic mystery of the "Spygate" scandal - What was the original justification Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials used to justify spying on multiple Trump campaign staffers?

After a series of evolving pronouncements and significant posturing, lawmakers from both parties attended a pair of briefings on Thursday about the FBI's use of an informant during its investigation into connections between Russian actors and members of the Trump campaign.

In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on "The Lead", Clapper responded to Trump's accusations: "That is a distortion of what I said, in fact I had an aversion to the use of the term". "That leaves them with writing a report", said the former New York City mayor, who recently took over representing Trump in the special counsel probe.

The president went on to warn Democrats, saying what goes around comes around. In 2016, he alleged that President Barack Obama for "wiretapping" Trump Tower, an assertion for which the Department of Justice later said in a court filing there was no evidence.

He added that he does not expect Trump to fire Mueller, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and that he believes Trump's tweets have been "effective" at turning public opinion against Mueller's probe.

Former U.S. FBI Director James Comey said that social media companies needed to "worry" about foreign political propaganda on their networks, but he had few ideas on how to counter it.

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The master of media manipulation held another of his tantalizing impromptu news conferences as he walked toward Marine One, heading to an event in NY where he said he plans to regale the crowd with more stories about the MS-13 gang.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says a meeting to allow House Republicans to review highly classified information on the Russian Federation probe will happen Thursday.

Former FBI director James Comey, whom Trump fired past year, also weighed in on the controversy Wednesday, chastising both the president and GOP lawmakers.

He also said he still preferred that President Trump not sit for a Mueller interview.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had originally said no one from the White House would attend the briefing, at which the investigation into Trump's campaign will be discussed. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes can't be trusted to view classified information-something every intelligence chairman has done-since he might blow a source or method, or tip off the president. "How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?" tweeted Comey, a former Republican who now identifies as an independent. Negotiations restarted when Trump demanded Sunday that the Justice Department investigate "whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes".

Trump also tweeted: "Look how things have turned around on the Criminal Deep State". The Republicans had requested information about an outside informant who spoke to members of the Trump campaign.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY, the top Senate Democrat, continued to push Thursday morning for the first meeting to be scrapped altogether, calling Nunes a "known partisan" out to undermine Mueller's investigation.

Is the Mueller probe costing $20 million, as Donald Trump says?