"If they insist upon carrying out this farce, the White House and its Republican allies in the House will do permanent, long-standing damage to the practice of bipartisan congressional oversight of intelligence", Warner said. "It is a breach of the duty we owe to these men and women, who serve our country at great risk and trust us to protect their identities".
By the time both sessions ended Thursday evening, each side had their time before reporters' microphones. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had originally said that no one from the White House would attend the briefing, at which the investigation into Trump's campaign will be discussed.
Democrats said Wednesday that the briefing - held as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates Trump's campaign and whether it was involved in Russian meddling in the US election - was highly inappropriate and asked for the "Gang of Eight" briefing instead of Thursday's GOP-only meeting.
Trump's official explanation for firing Comey invoked a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein accusing the FBI director of misconduct in the 2016 investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server use. "There are motives on behalf of the House Intelligence Committee - [Republican Chairman] Devin Nunes, who is trying to interfere with an ongoing active investigation and seems not concerned at all about blowing a source who has contributed to other investigations and has associates all around the world".
Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY, the top Senate Democrat, continued to push Thursday morning for the first meeting to be scrapped altogether, calling Nunes a "known partisan" out to undermine Mueller's investigation.
Attending the first briefing at the Justice Department were Nunes, Ryan, Schiff and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.). But, after complaints by both parties, they added a second session for top Democrats and Republicans. Administration officials held two separate briefings Thursday: one for Nunes at the Justice Department and another on Capitol Hill for the Gang of Eight.
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James Clapper, who was the director of national intelligence from 2010 to 2017, said the informant who wasn't working for the campaign was trying to find out what the Russians were up to. Ryan is attending fundraisers later Thursday in Houston. And Schumer called for the first meeting to be canceled.
"Look how things have turned around on the Criminal Deep State", Trump tweeted today.
However, he said that Democrats ended up getting caught in a major spy scandal - the likes of which this country may never have seen before.
It remains unclear what, if any, spying was done.
WHERE WE GO FROM HEREIn Trump's corner are several House Republicans who are demanding access to the FBI's closely guarded secrets in the Russian Federation probe, including details on the Russian Federation informant.
Rosenstein's appointment of Mueller raised eyebrows, as the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief (2001-2013) is a friend of Comey's. "He believes he's telling the truth: He didn't collude with the Russians, and he didn't obstruct justice".
Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Emmet Flood, was spotted on camera leaving a highly classified meeting between lawmakers and members of the Department of Justice to analyze the evidence about whether or not a spy was placed inside the Trump campaign. He then invoked the material compiled by former FBI Director James Comey before he was sacked. Former federal prosecutor Daniel Goldman was on MSNBC Wednesday morning to explain the difference between a spy and someone who just gives information to the authorities.