Communications among some in the Federal Bureau of Investigation have made it clear they did not want him to become president. "What did they get?" "But we'll find out", Trump began. And why did they hide it for so long?
Republicans had little to say immediately after the meetings.
"For the record, the president's chief of staff and his attorney in an ongoing criminal investigation into the president's campaign have no business showing up to a classified intelligence briefing", Sen.
John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, who Trump asked to help organize the meetings, attended both sessions, as did Emmet T. Flood, a lawyer representing Trump in the Russian Federation investigation.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says a meeting to allow House Republicans to review highly classified information on the Russian Federation probe will happen Thursday. Some also questioned whether their presence violated Justice Department policy meant to limit contacts with the White House to specific circumstances.
"Even if Flood wasn't there for any operative parts of the meeting, the optics are disquieting", said Stephen I. Vladeck, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law.
No Democrats have been invited to tomorrow's meetings, though several have said a Dem should attend.
"He's not the subject or target of that investigation".
Dan Mahaffee, senior vice president and director of policy at the Center for the Study of Congress and the Presidency, expressed concern that many Republicans in Congress are willing to join with Trump's attack on these institutions in a bid to protect Trump and his administration. "And if Obama knew about it, why can't Trump?"
And now, he may be able to take advantage of sensitive information shared with his lawyer, as he persists in his quest to undermine the independence of federal law enforcement, and the concept of objective reality. According to a USA official familiar with the meeting, the briefers did not reveal the name of an informant. "They will also be sending a bad message to anyone who works in, or with our nation's intelligence community that the White House will always prioritize partisan politics over protecting the people who help keep this country safe". The person declined to be identified because the briefing was classified.
"Meanwhile, the Associated Press revealed this week that the president recently told a confidante that he wanted "'to brand" the informant a "spy, ' believing the more nefarious term would resonate more in the media and with the public'".
It remains unclear what, if any, spying was done.
Trump and his GOP supporters in Congress are now demanding information on that informant, suggesting it's proof that the Obama administration was trying to spy on his campaign. Negotiations over the information stalled, but restarted when Trump demanded in a tweet Sunday that the Justice Department investigate "whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes".