Donald Trump summoned Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray to the White House today to make good on his Twitter vow he would “demand” they investigate whether the government “infiltrated” his presidential campaign—a reference to reports that the FBI may have been getting reports about Trump campaign advisers’ dealings with Russian figures via an informant close to those advisers.
We have only the barest inkling so far of how Rosenstein and Wray met with this highly irregular presidential demand to investigate the Russia investigation itself, but the White House is out with a preliminary statement:
“Based on the meeting with the President, the Department of Justice has asked the Inspector General to expand its current investigation to include any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s or the Department of Justice’s tactics concerning the Trump campaign,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
That is precisely what Rosenstein already had announced he was doing yesterday, meaning Trump got nothing. The other part, however, is more curious:
She said the men also agreed that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly would set up a meeting where congressional leaders can review “highly classified and other information they have requested” from the Justice Department’s probe of Russian meddling and whether anyone close to Trump colluded in it.
That was not the original purpose of the meeting, but it sounds like Trump pressed the pair to reveal the classified information—into his own campaign’s dealings with Russian figures and Russian agents, mind you—that the FBI has been withholding from Rep. Devin Nunes and his cronies on national security grounds. If that is the case, it means Trump has effectively ordered what the FBI considers a national security breach in order to divulge to Congress, and therefore to himself, key information about how investigators know what they know about the actions of the Trump campaign team.