On Thursday Justice Department officials held a highly unusual meeting with top congressional lawmakers to discuss classified information about an FBI informant involved in the investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election.
It all started when reports leaked that the informant had covertly met with Trump advisors Carter Page and George Papadopoulos about their inappropriate contact's with Russia. Trump immediately branded the informant a "spy" and began to ratchet up his attacks against the Mueller investigation into his campaign.
Trump even went so far as to "demand" via tweet that his own justice department investigate whether President Obama's administration had “infiltrated” and “spied” his 2016 campaign...
In other words Trump is demanding an investigation into an investigation into him.
After the tweet Trump then branded the whole thing "SPYGATE" and claimed it...
"Could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!"
All of this of course was complete bullshit as the real reason behind the meeting was a feeble attempt by Trump to muddy up the waters around the investigation and to see if he could get some classified information from the Mueller Russia probe.
Trump didn't even try to hide the latter of those motives he sent his Chief of Staff John Kelly and Russia probe attorney Emmet Flood to attended the classified briefing!
A move was so off the rails a congressional aide to a Republican lawmaker actually told CNN's Jake Tapper that the appearance of Kelly and Flood at the meeting was...
“The craziest shit I ever heard,"
Luckily those who had gathered for the briefing realized what was going on and sent the two packing because, you know, their boss might actually be the subject of the probe and what not.
When it was revealed that Trump was actually dumb enough to send Kelly and Flood the White House, in full damage control mode, released a statement that they were only there to make brief remarks at the beginning of the meeting to...
“relay the President’s desire for as much openness as possible,”
No problems though as Trump had his lap dog Rep. Deven Nunes on the inside who will undoubtably relay every detail back to his owner post haste.
After the shenanigans were nixed the Justice Department officials finally briefed what is called the “Gang of Eight” which is composed of congressional leaders and the top members of the intelligence committees from both parties.
Upon exiting the meeting Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee, told reporters that the classified information had not changed his view that the FBI followed proper procedures during their investigation...
“Nothing we heard today has changed our view that there is no evidence to support any allegation that the FBI or any intelligence agency placed a spy in the Trump campaign or otherwise failed to follow appropriate procedures or protocols,”
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who when asked on Fox News if he learned anything surprising in the meeting simply replied...
"No, nothing particularly surprising,"
Apparently that was the case as no further news, tweets or related reports by Fox News were made after the briefings conclusion.
The meeting has been denounced as inappropriate and contrary to the rule of law as the White House's involvement in a Justice Department investigation is exceedingly rare... Especially when the subject of the investigation is currently sitting in that White House.