Trump calls campaign spying 'a disgrace' if allegations are true


Trump calls campaign spying 'a disgrace' if allegations are true

The meeting, which was not on the White House's public schedule, occurred the day after Trump demanded an investigation over a government informant's meeting with several people connected with his campaign in 2016. Devin Nunes and Trey Gowdy as well as FBI Director Christopher Wray, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Ed O'Callaghan of the Justice Department will be attending.

On Sunday Trump demanded an investigation following initial reports about the informant, leading the DOJ to direct Inspector General Michael Horowitz to investigate whether agents surveiled the campaign for political purposes, and if they were instructed to do so by the Obama administration.

Nunes, an ardent Trump supporter, has been demanding information on an FBI source in the Russian Federation investigation, according to the Justice Department.

His demand came after reports that the FBI's investigation of alleged links between Trump and the Kremlin relied partly on informants who were connected with the campaign.

Hours later, a spokeswoman said the department asked its inspector general to expand a review of the process for requesting surveillance warrants to include determining whether there was impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its investigation.The FBI was looking into Trump election campaign ties to Moscow before Special Counsel Robert Mueller took over the probe a year ago.

Not all Republicans are on board with conservative House members' calls for a second special counsel - or with the allegations that Trump's campaign was the target of a spying operation.

No one from the White House is scheduled to be present, Sanders said - nor, at this point, are any senators or any Democrats, in defiance of a request from the Senate minority leader. The Justice Department has in the past offered classified briefings to Nunes, though they have so far refused to turn over documents.

Mr. Trump's closest conservative allies in Congress have been clamouring for access to the classified documents. In this case, Trump appears to be interfering with an investigation that involves, among other things, his own conduct, raising questions about whether or not this constitutes a profound breach of ethics.

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. In response, the Justice Department moved to defuse the confrontation by asking its watchdog to investigate whether there was inappropriate surveillance.

A handful of House Democrats have already started arguing it may be necessary to impeach Trump. Justice Department officials have been reluctant to turn over the materials, though on Monday, after meeting with Trump at the White House, they reached an agreement to have another gathering where lawmakers could review information.

Conservatives have been criticizing the department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian interference in the election for months. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has brought in additional investigators to look into the Russian Federation case but so far has stopped short of agreeing that another special counsel is necessary. "This is not only a threat to the rule of law, but a unsafe precedent for our democracy". The president was calling for an investigation into both political opponents from the former administration and career law enforcement agents, without evidence of wrongdoing, for the obvious objective of undermining a criminal probe into his own conduct and that of his associates.

Former FBI Director James Comey later testified to Congress that internal reviews found no information to support the president's tweets.



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