That Trump's strategy is totally transparent doesn't make it any less of a threat to norms of what we do - and should - expect from a president.
The answer is: It's both.
Fox News contributor Dan Bongino continued with the pile-on, slamming the "Pravda media" for "pretending to be journalists", accusing them of being part of the "most risky coverup" he has ever seen.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election and possible connection to the Trump campaign, at the Capitol in Washington, June 21, 2017.
More generally, Comey said, "The word "spy" is not an accurate characterization in any case of the FBI's use of confidential human sources, which are a critical tool in all of our investigations - people telling us things that they know".
Mr. Trump has made unproven claims of Federal Bureau of Investigation misconduct and political bias and has denounced the asset as "a spy", and has fixated on the topic in recent days. Because that was happening before the FBI actually opened an investigation. Even Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told a reporter that the presence of Flood, who is handling the White House response to the special counsel investigation, was "a bit odd".
"Sorry, I've got to start focusing my energy on North Korea Nuclear, bad Trade Deals, VA Choice, the Economy, rebuilding the Military, and so much more, and not on the Rigged Russia Witch Hunt that should be investigating Clinton/Russia/FBI/(Department of) Justice/(President Barack) Obama/(former FBI Director James) Comey/(Former Attorney General Loretta) Lynch etc."If they had been as accommodating to Hillary Clinton, she'd be president right now. "The important thing was not to spy on the campaign but rather to determine what the Russians were up to".
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Erik Prince, the private security contractor and the former head of Blackwater, arranged the meeting, which took place on August 3, 2016.
One person close to the White House said senior aides have resisted efforts from Trump allies inside and outside Congress to ratchet up the pressure on Justice Department leaders over the FBI's use of a confidential source.
Trump, in calling the official "phony", was not only stating a falsehood and accusing The New York Times of making up a source, he was also compromising his officials' ability to speak on his behalf. Then Republicans try to twist the mobilization of those resources to give them the answer they're seeking.
"I haven't seen any yet but maybe there is, and if it's there, we'll find it and we want to know about it", said Mr. Rubio, Florida Republican.
"'Everyone knows there was a Spy, and in fact the people who were involved in the Spying are admitting that there was a Spy". This was plainly a man who didn't care too much about the rules. "Surprising even themselves, they swung the election to a Trump win". Large dollars were paid to the Spy, far beyond normal. You might have experience or qualifications, but you certainly don't need them, not if your devotion to Donald Trump is beyond question. The stakes are high because Trump is the subject of the investigation that the briefing was about.
The substance of Halper's conduct has been nearly a sideshow in recent days, as lawmakers, the White House and the Justice Department have instead debated who would be invited to each briefing, and where they would be held. Trump has also personally urged the postmaster general to raise shipping rates on Amazon, according to reporting by The Washington Post, as part of his vendetta against Amazon CEO and Post owner Jeff Bezos. But there may not be enough.
MARTIN: And would also suggest that they would have had to have at least thought about his business dealings because that was part of the reason that the security clearance was held up - ethics concerns about conflicts of interest.