Russia probe: WH wants briefing on classified info, says Trump attorney Giuliani
Amid the growing pressure over the allegations that the Donald Trump campaign had collusion with Russian sources during the 2016 presidential election, President Trump's legal team sought a briefing on the classified information shared with the lawmakers about the origins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) probe into Russia's alleged meddling in the election, Associated Press reported.
It may even take the matter to the Justice Department in a bid to stop the special counsel probe which completed a year this month.
On Friday, Rudy Giuliani, one of the members of Trump's legal team, told AP that the White House hoped to get the information next week, "particularly about the use of a longtime government informant who approached members of Trump's campaign in a possible bid to glean intelligence on Russian efforts to sway the election."
President Trump has called the probe a "witch hunt" time and again and also raised counter allegations that former president Barack Obama and the FBI spied on his presidential campaign.
Giuliani said if the spying was inappropriate, then there was an "entirely illegitimate investigation" in place.
He said the Trump team would approach the Justice Department to re-evaluate and acknowledge that there was a mistake and a whopping $20 million of taxpayers' money was wasted in the entire exercise, the AP report added.
Giuliani also invoked the material compiled by James Comey, the former FBI director, before he was fired by Trump in May 2017, the AP report added.