Top Democrats who attended Congressional briefings regarding the FBI’s alleged use of an informant in the Russian investigation on Thursday came out of the hearing calling the whole thing a whole lot of nothing.
“Nothing we heard today has changed our view that there is no evidence to support any allegation that the FBI or any intelligence agency placed a spy in the Trump campaign or otherwise failed to follow appropriate procedures and protocols,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told reporters, reading from a statement on behalf of top Democrats.
The meetings came after Trump asserted, without evidence, that the Department of Justice put a spy in his campaign, a scandal he dubbed “Spygate” and insisted on a probe.
“Apparently the DOJ put a Spy in the Trump Campaign. This has never been done before and by any means necessary, they are out to frame Donald Trump for crimes he didn’t commit.” David Asman @LouDobbs @GreggJarrett Really bad stuff!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2018
The “Spygate” meetings were initially scheduled only for Republicans but then Schiff and other Democrats were eventually allowed to attend, partially on the insistence of Trump himself.
Then in an unusual move, Trump’s lawyer Emmet Flood and White House chief of staff John Kelly were also spotted coming out of the briefings, although Sarah Sanders insists they were not actually in the meeting for most of it and just made opening remarks.
“Neither Chief Kelly nor Mr. Flood actually attended the meetings but did make brief remarks before the meetings started to relay the President’s desire for as much openness as possible under the law,” White House press secretary Sanders said in a statement.
It is unclear, though, with Kelly and Flood were present even if they did not remain for the bulk of the meeting.
Watch above, via CNN.
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