NEW: A loose and informal group of Trump advisers outside the White House have been aggressively campaigning to attack Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein as part of a "deep state" plot against the President; @jaketapper reports https://t.co/YCfZrc8yXg pic.twitter.com/55cbg6DA6S
— CNN (@CNN) May 21, 2018
President Donald Trump is reportedly listening to an outside group of advisors regarding how to handle the Justice Department’s refusal to provide unredacted documents to congressional lawmakers.
CNN reported Monday that former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, former Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie, and president of the Trump Hispanic Advisory Council Steve Cortes are all part of the group that is engaged in what one member described as a “concerted effort…to put pressure on [Deputy Attorney General Rod] Rosenstein to comply with [House Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin] Nunes’ information request.”
The source further told CNN that the outside group of advisors does not believe those inside the White House who are advising the president are aggressive enough when it comes to pushing for the unredacted documents’ release. It should also be noted that, as president, Trump can unilaterally declassify the documents being requested.
The documents that Republicans have requested would reveal critical information as to whether the FBI “spied” on the Trump campaign, as the president has alleged. On Sunday, Trump tweeted his intention to order an investigation into whether his campaign was infiltrated for political purposes. On Monday, Trump formally demanded answers just hours before meeting at the White House with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Rosenstein.
The White House said the meeting with Wray and Rosenstein had been arranged before the president announced his intent to demand an investigation into the alleged “spying.”
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