Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee looked at this set of facts, and concluded that Trump's allegations of malfeasance were so alarming and well-founded, those charges justified forcing the FBI to out its informant, demanding investigators disclose sensitive information about their ongoing investigation in a classified briefing - and inviting the president's lawyer to attend said briefing about the investigation of his client.
A second meeting, on Capitol Hill, was held with members of the "Gang of Eight", which includes the top leadership in the House and Senate plus the top Republicans and Democrats on the intelligence committees.
The senators, who have quietly objected to Nunes' tactics in the past, were successful, at least in part.
The details continued to be fluid Thursday. The secretary for homeland security, Kirstjen Nielsen, having been yelled at during a Cabinet meeting by Trump angry his wall hasn't been built, was so intimidated that she said publicly she was unaware the entire intelligence community agreed the Russians worked illegally to elect Trump. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who brokered the meetings, will participate by getting them started, but will not stay, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Lawmakers remained uncertain Thursday morning about what material would be shared.
Democrats objected after Sanders announced Tuesday that they would not be invited, and a trio of influential Republicans - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley of Iowa, Sen.More news: Russian Federation must face justice over flight MH17, says Boris Johnson
Also Friday, Giuliani said special counsel Robert Mueller has narrowed his subject areas from five to two as negotiations continue over whether the president will sit down for an interview in the Russian Federation investigation.
President Donald Trump, meanwhile, has been railing nonstop against the Robert Mueller-led Russian Federation investigation for weeks. According to the US official and another person briefed on the Capitol Hill meeting, Nunes did not speak at all during the briefing.
Following the meetings - which were initially offered to Republicans, but expanded to include an afternoon session for bipartisan members of Congress - Democrats claimed they saw no evidence to believe that the Federal Bureau of Investigation acted inappropriately.
Those meetings took place during the Obama administration.
"What is the point of the separate briefing if not to cause partisan trouble?" he said.
The statement from the White House added: "They also conveyed the President's understanding of the need to protect human intelligence services and the importance of communication between the branches of government". Absent any evidence of foreign vote-tampering, they simply have nothing to say about why one candidate won and another lost so their report didn't mention it. Trump tweeted. "They journeyed down to Washington, D.C., with stars in their eyes and wanting to help our nation".
The investigation is focusing on whether the 2016 Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation to influence the outcome of the race. This news seemed to scare former Central Intelligence Agency chief and close Obama ally John Brennan, whose panicked response was widely mocked by pro-Trump political surrogates who saw in this proof that one of the most powerful spies in the United States at the time might be afraid of going down with this scandal.