DOJ offers new briefing as lawmakers dispute Trump spy claim

Politics - Government

In this May 10, 2018 photo, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., meets with reporters during his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ryan is agreeing with another senior House Republican who says there’s no evidence that the FBI planted a “spy” on President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. The comments contradict Trump, […]

The Justice Department says it will offer a third classified briefing for lawmakers next week on the FBI’s handling of its Russia probe.

The briefings come as President Donald Trump has pushed the idea that the FBI used a secret informant to spy on his 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump-aligned Republicans are demanding documents. But three top Republicans who attended classified briefings on the subject last month, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, have said there was no evidence of a political spy.

The Department of Justice held the two briefings late last month amid reports that a longtime U.S. government informant approached members of Trump’s campaign to gather intelligence on Russian efforts to sway the election.

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