DOJ Says Inspector General Will Investigate Trump Campaign Surveillance Claims


DOJ Says Inspector General Will Investigate Trump Campaign Surveillance Claims

Trump tweeted that he would officially demand Monday that the department "look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes - and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!"

The move came hours after President Trump ordered a review looking into whether federal agents infiltrated or surveilled his campaign for political purposes.

An FBI informant was in touch with some members of Trump's campaign ahead of the 2016 election about their contacts with Russians as part of an operation that has since grown into an investigation of alleged Russian meddling in polls being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller.

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. "They said September, which is good for everyone, because no one wants this to drag into the midterms". The investigation focused on whether the FBI abused FISA when it obtained the warrant.

"This would be the culmination of the investigation into the president", Giuliani said.

The Justice Department said the White House had signed off on its letter, but Nunes wasn't satisfied, and continued to pressure the department.

Meanwhile, it's still unclear when or if the president will sit down for an interview with Mueller.

Another new theme of Trump's top legal adviser Rudolph Giuliani is that if anyone in the Trump campaign did work with Russian Federation to use dirt against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, they would not have been doing anything wrong. Trump allies from Kellyanne Conway to Rudy Giuliani were soon sharing grave concerns about the presence of a spy in the campaign's midst.

Trump's power play injected fresh intensity into his escalating political offensive against the Justice Department and renewed worries he is barging across long-held boundaries between the judicial system and the Oval Office. "Things are really getting ridiculous", Trump wrote, noting that so far there was no collusion found by special investigators.

The deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein said action would be taken if any infiltration was found.

Trump did not elaborate on the promised "demand", which he included in one of a series of tweets he sent throughout the day Sunday.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, called Trump's claim of an embedded spy "nonsense". "Never mind that DOJ has warned that lives and alliances are at risk".

And White House Chief of Staff Kelly will set up a meeting with the FBI, DoJ, the Department of National Intelligence and congressional leaders to review "highly classified and other information they have requested". Giuliani defended the president's actions. "And there's a legitimate reason here for us to be concerned", Turley said.

The New York Times reported separately last week that at least one government informant met several times with Page and George Papadopoulos, another former foreign policy adviser on Trump's campaign.

Rep. Devin Nunes, an ardent Trump supporter and head of the House intelligence committee, has been demanding information on an FBI source in the Russian Federation investigation.

It also raised potential scenarios that would threaten the integrity of U.S. governance: first, that Trump could use his power to go after a political opponent and, second, that he means to derail or even end a criminal probe into his own conduct.

Without substantiation, Trump tweeted in March 2017 that former president Barack Obama had conducted surveillance the previous October at Trump Tower, the NY skyscraper where Trump ran his campaign and transition and maintains a residence.



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