Trump demands 'total transparency' from Rosenstein, FBI on Russia documents

Trump demands 'total transparency' from Rosenstein, FBI on Russia documents
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values MORE on Wednesday demanded that federal law enforcement officials show "total transparency" about sensitive information related to the earliest days of the Russia probe.

"What I want from Rod, from the FBI, from everybody — we want transparency," Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, referring to his embattled deputy attorney general, Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinBarr’s first task as AG: Look at former FBI leaders’ conduct 5 myths about William Barr William Barr's only 'flaw' is that he was nominated by Trump MORE.

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The president spoke one day before senior law enforcement and intelligence leaders are set to meet with Republican lawmakers to discuss classified information related to a confidential source who helped advance the FBI probe into Trump's campaign.

No Democrats were invited to the meeting, fueling criticism that the gathering is a politically motivated attempt by Trump and his allies to undercut the investigation — and perhaps fire Rosenstein.

Trump pushed back on those charges, saying, “We’re not undercutting. We’re cleaning everything up."

Trump also suggested the information that lawmakers will examine on Thursday would corroborate his claims that a "spy" was embedded in his campaign.

“When they look at the documents, I think they’re going to see a lot of bad things happened," Trump said. “I hope it’s not true, but it looks like it is.”

The president's backers have seized on the revelation of the informant as evidence that the investigation is tainted because the FBI was trying to entrap his campaign.

The FBI routinely uses confidential informants in counterintelligence investigations, and there is no public evidence of wrongdoing by the bureau.

Trump also hit back at former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGraham angers Dems by digging into Clinton, Obama controversies Barr’s first task as AG: Look at former FBI leaders’ conduct Dems revive impeachment talk after latest Cohen bombshell MORE, who accused Trump of telling a "lie" about spies being embedded in his campaign.

"What I am doing is a service to this country, and I did a great service to this country by firing James Comey," he said.