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The FBI Is Literally Working to Protect a Source Because Trump's Allies Are So Dangerous: Report

The Washington Post revealed that the tense standoff between the DOJ and congressional Republicans is escalating.

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Despite the fact that House Republican's repeated requests for sensitive information on the origins of the Russia investigation reportedly risk endangering the life of a crucial FBI informant, President Donald Trump's allies are still pushing to have the underlying facts revealed, according to a new report in the Washington Post.

The FBI is so concerned about the demands, the report found, that it is actively taking steps to reduce the risk. As the story explains:

The stakes are so high that the FBI has been working over the past two weeks to mitigate the potential damage if the source’s identity is revealed, according to several people familiar with the matter. The bureau is taking steps to protect other live investigations that the person has worked on and is trying to lessen any danger to associates if the informant’s identity becomes known, said these people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence operations.

Nevertheless, Trump tweeted on Thursday about reports that there was a spy "embedded" within the Trump campaign — a claim that goes far beyond the publicly known facts — suggesting that he may back his congressional allies' efforts to have the information revealed. 

The Justice Department continues to push back against the document requests, the report says, citing the danger to the source and the ongoing nature of the investigation. 

Robert Costa, one of the reporters on the story, tweeted after its publication, noting: A person "close to Trump tonight calls after reading Post story, worries that DOJ-POTUS-Congress situation is a "tinderbox." Says Kelly and McGahn trying best to calm the tensions, but outside allies are pushing for a showdown, especially as blogs + cable speculate about source..."

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.