Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

President Trump calls out top Democrat for being a leaker

President Trump calls out top Democrat for being a leaker

The assessment from the committee's top Democrat underscores the partisan impasse that has plagued the House investigation, with Nunes and House Republicans now focusing on investigating allegations of improper FBI conduct during the 2016 elections and over its Russia probe - while Democrats demand a deeper dive into whether there was any Trump campaign collusion with the Russians.

Despite ousted Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon alleging money laundering in the blockbuster new book Fire and Fury, Republicans won't allow Democrats to follow the money.

But the GOP has already made efforts to do so, with or without Trump's explicit direction.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also accused Schiff during a Thursday afternoon press briefing.

Grassley, the Iowa Republican who leads Senate oversight of the Justice Department, was responding to a tweet from Trump where the President called on his party to "take control" of the probe into potential coordination between his associates and Russian Federation, insisting it is the "single greatest" witch hunt in U.S. history. The two Federal Bureau of Investigation officials, during the 2016 campaign, referred to Trump as an "idiot" and "d*uche" during the 2016 election and said that his victory was "terrifying", according to documents reviewed by CNN.

", because none of that means anything, except 'look over here, '" Smith said.

Wolff: I don't 'feel good about' Bannon's ouster from Breitbart
Trump replied to Bannon's comments with fury, saying "When he was sacked , he not only lost his job, he lost his mind". He will not act for Bannon regarding his work for Trump in the transition period or his time at the White House.

When asked by journalists whether Trump would agree to meet with special counsel Robert Mueller, who's investigating his connections to Russian Federation, the president said he wouldn't need to: "There was absolutely no collusion, everybody knows it".

In a conversation with reporters at the White House in December, Trump said he was going "to rebuild the FBI" after the controversy, which he described as "really, really disgraceful".

Among the major topics still of interest to Schiff: the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russian operatives that occurred after Trump Jr. was told he would get dirt on the Clinton campaign and that the Russian government wanted to see his father win the presidency. He declined to say whom these individuals were when asked. "There are witnesses who have knowledge of the Trump Tower meeting and what it was about who have not been brought to our committee - and need to". It showed that Trump Jr. was sent the email on September 14, 2016.

"What we saw with Watergate was the model of a committee where the ranking Republican set the tone by saying the key here is what did the president know and when did he know it? - and followed through with an investigation with integrity", he said.

It "would be valuable to have [Ivanka] come and testify before the committee", he added, according to Politico.

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