Republicans to view classified information on claims Federal Bureau of Investigation snooped on Trump campaign

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Sanders said no White House staffers - including Kelly - will be present at Thursday's meeting.

A group of House Republicans called Tuesday for the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate concerns about the Department of Justice and FBI, just days after Trump first called for an investigation into whether his campaign was "infiltrated or surveilled" for by an alleged FBI informant.

The members of Congress set to attend are Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the chairman of the House intelligence committee, and Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight Committee. The individuals that are expected to attend are Chairman [Devin] Nunes, Chairman [Trey] Gowdy, FBI Director [Christopher] Wray, DNI [Director of National Intelligence] Director [Dan] Coats, and DOJ official Ed O'Callaghan.

In response to Trump's tweet, the Justice Department said it would expand an open, internal investigation into the ongoing Russian Federation probe by examining whether there was any politically motivated surveillance.

Moscow denies election meddling and Mr. Trump denies any collusion between Russian officials and his campaign, calling investigations a political witch hunt.

On Sunday, via Twitter, Trump demanded that the Justice Department concoct a transparently political investigation, with the aim of smearing veteran professionals at Justice and the FBI and also throwing mud at the previous administration.

Conservatives led by Rep. It's still an unpopular idea: A Quinnipiac University poll, conducted April 20-24, found that 74 percent of voters, including 59 percent of Republicans, oppose Trump firing Mueller.

Trump has repeatedly said that he would like to sit down with Mueller for an interview, but the possibility seemed to chill earlier this year when Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, working on a referral from Mueller's office, raided the home and offices of Michael Cohen, Trump's longtime attorney. "I hope there weren't, frankly. but some man got paid based on what I read in the newspapers".

The Justice Department said the White House had signed off on its letter, but Nunes wasn't satisfied, and continued to pressure the department.

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"The point is: What is the objective? And there's a huge difference there".

The House intelligence committee, Nunes, and other lawmakers threatened Rosenstein with contempt of Congress or, potentially, impeachment.

Trump also would not state Tuesday he has confidence in the embattled Rosenstein. It is quite another for an inspector general to do so at the direction of a compromised president - whose demands carry the implicit threat of removal and who, in this case, is himself the subject of the underlying investigation. The order to broker the meeting, slated for Thursday, came after Trump met Monday with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, a session the president on Tuesday described as "routine". In response, the Justice Department moved to defuse the confrontation by asking its watchdog to investigate whether there was inappropriate surveillance.

For Trump's supporters in the House, that is not good enough. And I'm looking for clearance from my attorney to reveal this to the public.

"The only thing more outrageous than this meeting occurring at all is the fact that it's now partisan", Schumer said.

"Trump has engaged over the past year and a half in a series of incremental transgressions of the norms of DOJ independence", says John Bies, who worked in the Justice Department for almost a decade under President Barack Obama and is now chief counsel at American Oversight.

Rather than push back and defend the rule of law, Justice tried to mollify the president by at least appearing to give him what he wants.

Another Democrat, Connecticut Sen.