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CNN's Kaitlan Collins reports Sanders said Flood "will be joining the White House staff to represent the president and the administration against the Russian Federation witch hunt".

Republicans had little to say immediately after the meetings.

Inherent in the Intelligence Committee's work "is the responsibility to ask tough questions of the executive branch", he said in a statement.

The Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation held two classified meetings with leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives and the heads of the chambers' intelligence panels, after the president demanded a probe into allegations of infiltration into his team, a potential scandal Trump has branded "SPYGATE".

An initial Thursday briefing at the Department of Justice was meant to be only for Republicans, including House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes.

"Accusations that the FBI was "spying" on the Trump campaign - rather than spying on foreign spies, which is its job - erase the important distinctions between counterintelligence and criminal investigations", Asha Rangappa, a former FBI agent who now teaches at Yale Law School, wrote in an op-ed last Sunday in the Washington Post.

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., attended the briefings and called Flood's presence "completely inappropriate", a sentiment he did not hide from Flood during the briefings.

Democrats fought successfully to be included after the White House said Wednesday it planned only to brief two top Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday and make the bipartisan group wait until after the Memorial Day recess.

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President Donald Trump points while speaking at the Susan B. Anthony List 11th Annual Campaign for Life Gala at the National Building Museum, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Washington. Although you'd never know it from the New York Times and its mainstream media colleagues, it looks like the biggest scandal in American political history.

Schiff said he was speaking for all the Democrats who attended including top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer, top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi, and top Senate Intelligence Committee Democrat Mark Warner. Chief of Staff John Kelly and lawyer Emmet Flood - attended a portion of the meetings, though the White House later said, in a statement, that Kelly and Flood only made "brief remarks before the meetings started to relay the President's desire for as much openness as possible under the law".

However, the presence of Flood, Trump's White House lawyer for the Russian Federation investigation raised eyebrows.

"It's time to admit the Russian Federation investigation was illegitimate from the start".

Clapper said Wednesday on ABC's "The View" that the president should welcome the use of an informant who gathered information about his campaign's Russian Federation contacts, since the goal was to gather intelligence about Moscow's nefarious plans.

Trump's official explanation for firing Comey invoked a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein accusing the FBI director of misconduct in the 2016 investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server use. This is exactly why the Mueller investigation itself had to be conducted.

"Can anyone even imagine having Spies placed in a competing campaign, by the people and party in absolute power, for the sole objective of political advantage and gain?"

Trump now is zeroing in on - and at times embellishing - reports that a longtime USA government informant approached members of his 2016 campaign during the presidential election in a possible bid to glean intelligence on Russian efforts to sway the election.

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