A day earlier, Trump demanded the Justice Department investigate the FBI for allegedly planting an informant in his campaign, and his lawyer pressed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to speed up the probe to avoid it affecting November's mid-term elections.
"If they had spies in my campaign, that would be a disgrace to this country".
"The review of highly classified documents in the midst of a highly charged partisan conflict raises the clear and present danger of illegal disclosure potentially catastrophic to confidential sources and operations", Blumenthal warned.
"They were not. They were spying - a term I don't particularly like - on what the Russians were doing", Clapper told ABC.
In the summer and fall of 2016, Halper, then an emeritus professor at Cambridge, contacted three Trump campaign advisers for brief talks and meetings that largely centered on foreign policy, The Washington Post reported last week. He even attended a meeting on China at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington last August.
Schumer said on the floor Tuesday that the White House's involvement in getting classified information in front of members of Congress is "highly irregular, inappropriate and unprecedented".
"The norms about what governs ongoing investigations, about how the president interacts with the Department of Justice - especially when he is part of this investigation - he is eroding those norms", Harf said on "America's Newsroom".
Ryan's comments follow an agreement with by the Department of Justice to review the requested documents under the supervision of the White House chief of staff and other intelligence agencies.
Aiming to exploit that silence, Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to order the Justice Department to investigate the FBI's implanting of "at least one" informant in his 2016 campaign, suggesting it was an act of political espionage by president Barack Obama's administration.
But that has not satisfied some of Trump's biggest backers in Congress, who have ramped up the calls for a second special counsel amid a pressure campaign from House Republicans for the Justice Department to provide a range of documents to Congress, including those related to the confidential source. President Donald Trump and some conservatives have claimed that the FBI may have been spying on the campaign and have demanded investigations into the matter.
During a weekly press briefing on Capitol Hill Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said the allegations are serious and must be investigated.
"If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action", Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein released in a statement.
Halper's first wife was the daughter of the prominent former CIA analyst Ray S. Cline, who worked alongside President John F. Kennedy during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962 and mentored Halper, introducing him to associates in the intelligence and political communities, according to numerous people familiar with their relationship. "And we have the responsibility and the authority to have oversight over these things, and the American public are starting to get it, and they're exhausted of the stalling and the excuses coming from the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and frankly so are we". Former FBI Director James Comey later testified to Congress that internal reviews found no information to support the president's tweets.
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