Justice Department holds meetings on Russia probe as Republicans push for classified records.


The Department of Justice hosted two startling meetings for congressional leaders Thursday as Republicans demand classified records involving the use of a confidential FBI informant during the early days of the Russia investigation.

Law enforcement and intelligence leaders have resisted turning over any documents involving the informant, said to be a retired American professor living in England who met with several members of President Trump's campaign.

"Starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in U.S. history," Trump tweeted Thursday morning. "SPYGATE - a terrible thing!"

The informant reportedly met with three Trump campaign aides in 2016 as the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation into suspicions that Moscow was trying to influence the election using hacked emails and social media posts.

James Clapper, who served as director of national intelligence under former President Obama, denied that Trump's campaign was being spied on. They were "trying to understand were the Russians infiltrating, trying to gain access, trying to gain leverage or influence which is what they do," he told ABC's "The View."


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