Published: Wed, May 23, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump to demand DOJ review claims of Federal Bureau of Investigation spy on campaign

Trump to demand DOJ review claims of Federal Bureau of Investigation spy on campaign

"President Donald Trump said on Sunday he intends to direct the Department of Justice to investigate whether his 2016 presidential campaign was "infiltrated" or surveilled" by the government under the orders of officials in the administration of his predecessor, Barack Obama.

The new probe will build on the investigation into the FBI's alleged misconduct in obtaining a FISA warrant to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Giuliani said the information discovered by the source, who was first reported by The New York to have met several times with Trump campaign officials who had suspicious contacts linked to Russian Federation, should eventually be made public and released to Congress, even if his identity is kept confidential.

The announcement comes after USA media reports suggesting the Federal Bureau of Investigation had an informant meeting campaign aides.

In May, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, whose job has been hanging in the balance for months, publicly said that the Department of Justice would not be "extorted" in the face of presidential and congressional threats to undermine its independence.

Experts said a demand by Trump for a criminal probe rather than a Justice Department Inspector General inquiry could prompt a similar outcome.

The inspector general will expand his probe into the handling of investigations during 2016 election season to include any "irregularities" involving FBI or Justice Department "tactics" - language vague enough to be essentially meaningless. Trump allies from Kellyanne Conway to Rudy Giuliani were soon sharing grave concerns about the presence of a spy in the campaign's midst.

"It would be at best irresponsible, and at worst potentially illegal, for members of Congress to use their positions to learn the identity of an FBI source for the goal of undermining the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in our election", Warner wrote in a statement. And the president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said that Mueller recently shared a timetable that suggested that its probe could end by September 1 if Trump were to sit for an interview in July, which is the legal team's new working plan.

"It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a "hot" Fake News story", Mr Trump tweeted, adding: "If true - all time biggest political scandal!".

On Friday, the Washington Post and New York Times published deeply reported accounts of the informant's work, some of which had previously been reported by the Daily Caller and other right-wing outlets. "Trump is forcing DOJ to conduct a politicized investigation - something he himself conceded he shouldn't do".

Trump's demand potentially sets up a high-stakes showdown with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray, who have resisted requests from Republican lawmakers to hand over some documents related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. Yesterday's tweeted announcement from Trump left unclear exactly what action he would request from the Justice Department.

Republicans have in recent weeks sought access to documents that reveal the identify of the FBI's informant, even as intelligence officials have warned that doing so could threaten lives and national security.

Mueller is investigating possible coordination between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 campaign.

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