DOJ to Investigate FBI's Possible Trump Campaign Spy

DOJ to Investigate FBI's Possible Trump Campaign Spy

President Trump tweeted on Sunday that he would formally request that the Justice Department investigate whether his campaign was "infiltrated or surveilled" by the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the 2016 campaign, in what could set up a high-stakes, Nixonian clash between Trump's authoritarian whims and the US government's institutional resilience.

Sunday, President Trump demanded an investigation to look into whether the FBI planted a spy in his campaign.

Nunes, who has repeatedly been blamed by Democrats for being the leaker, was referring to reports by the New York Times and the Washington Post, describing the informant as someone who supposedly had contacts with members of President Trump's campaign.

"If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action", said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a separate statement that "the Inspector General will consult with the appropriate U.S. Attorney if there is any evidence of potential criminal conduct".

Wittes asserted that although Trump has the legal authority to demand an investigation into the FBI, he doubted either Wray or Rosenstein could follow through with such an order.

Robert Mueller the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election
Robert Mueller the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election

James Comey told the House Intelligence Committee in March that while there was an investigation into Trump's potential Russian ties, he did not know of any such surveillance conduct.

As a pair of Post articles, dated May 8 and 9, explained, the DOJ has refused to provide the documents, concerned that the safety of the US citizen source could be endangered, and that ongoing intelligence investigations could be compromised. Rosenstein asked the department's inspector general to expand its review of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to include whether there were any political motivations in the FBI's surveillance during the 2016 campaign. There is an ongoing investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 United States election, whether there was any collusion between the Kremlin and Trump's election campaign and whether the president tried unlawfully to obstruct the inquiry.

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Mr Trump's weekend outburst will probably be viewed by government officials as only the latest example of presidential frustration-venting. "It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a "hot" Fake News story", Trump had tweeted, adding: "If true - all time biggest political scandal!".

The informant - an American academic working in the United Kingdom - had made contact with George Papadopoulos and Carter Page, the report said.

A number of Trump outside advisers - including former chief strategist Stephen Bannon - have stepped up their attacks on the Department of Justice, calling for it to release more documents to the White House while saying a confidential source has worked against Trump. The legal team initially said it hoped to make a decision on an interview by May 17, the one-year mark, but lawyer Rudy Giuliani told CBS News he hopes to have a final decision about whether Mr. Trump will sit for an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller before the president heads to Singapore for the highly anticipated North Korea summit in mid-June.

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