United States to investigate 'FBI spying' on Trump campaign

United States to investigate 'FBI spying' on Trump campaign

United States to investigate 'FBI spying' on Trump campaign

- President Donald Trump said Sunday that he will "demand" this week that the Justice Department open an investigation into whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign for political purposes and whether any demands or requests for such action originated with the Obama administration.

Last week, three GOP congressmen wrote to Trump asking him to intervene and order DOJ to produce documents "related to potential abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act; documents related to the FBI and broader Department of Justice's initial investigation into the Trump campaign prior to the appointment of the Special Counsel". Mr. Trump added in his tweet on Sunday that he will ask DOJ to investigate whether any potential surveillance was ordered "by people within the Obama administration!"

Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon to double down on his intentions to investigate reports that Cambridge professor Stefan Halper, 73, was an alleged secret informant who met with Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos dating back to the 2016 Trump presidential 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", Rosenstein said.

It is not clear whether Trump will ask for a general investigation or specifically call on the Justice Department to make public certain materials about the FBI's counterintelligence process or the identity of sources.

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.

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.

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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.

It is not certain if Trump will sit for an interview with Mueller, though the president has publicly said he would. Such a move, Trump allies argue, would render the Mueller investigation into Russia's 2016 election interference illegitimate.

There was speculation from United States media commentators that Mr Trump's demand was an attempt to force senior justice officials into resigning.

He echoed Trump's concerns that an extended investigation could hurt Republicans in the November congressional elections. Trump quoted Fox Business anchor David Asman and tweeted Friday: "Apparently the DOJ put a Spy in the Trump Campaign".

The informant - an American academic working in the United Kingdom - had made contact with George Papadopoulos and Carter Page, the report said. "The Justice Department is independent and serves the American people", Feinstein tweeted.

But it remains unclear how the informant first came by the information that led to his meetings with Mr Papadopoulos and Mr Page - and his wider role as an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant.

Without providing any evidence on Sunday, Mr Trump demanded a stop to the inquiry - that he said was nearing $20m in costs and was composed of 13 "angry and heavily conflicted Democrats".

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