Trump Demands DOJ Investigate Whether FBI Spied On His Campaign

Trump Demands DOJ Investigate Whether FBI Spied On His Campaign

President Donald Trump says he will order an investigation Monday into claims an FBI informant infiltrated his 2016 election campaign - setting up a potential showdown with the Justice Department.

Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz announced an investigation in March at the request of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and congressional Republicans.

Also on Sunday, Giuliani said that special counsel Robert Mueller hopes to wrap up its probe of Russian influence into the 2016 election by September 1, the Times and ABC News report.

Rosenstein released a statement Sunday that read, "If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action". Buried in a lengthy Wednesday New York Times story on the origins of the Russian Federation probe was this sentence: "At least one government informant met several times with Mr. [Carter] Page and Mr. Papadopoulos, current and former officials said". The envoy offered to help the Trump presidential campaign, according to the Times ― similar to the Russian lawyer who met with Trump Jr. two months earlier under the guise of providing what the Trump campaign believed was damaging information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

But when asked whether there was an informant on the campaign, Giuliani told CNN, "I don't know for sure, nor does the president, if there really was one", though he said they have always been told there was "some kind of infiltration".

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"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 objective of undermining the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in our election", Warner wrote in a statement. He said only the release or review of documents the House Intelligence Committee is seeking from the Justice Department "can give conclusive answers".

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"So if the President really gives Rod Rosenstein or Chris Wray an order (as opposed to Twitter bluster) demanding a particular investigation not properly predicated under FBI/DOJ guidelines for this overtly political objective, I believe both men will resign rather than comply", Wittes wrote. Giuliani said a decision on that would not be made until after Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, which is slated for June 12.

On Friday, Mr. Trump tweeted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation "implanted" a "spy" in his campaign after a National Review article speculated about the possibility.

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

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.

Trump last week accused the Justice Department of trying to frame him by planting a spy in his 2016 campaign.

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Trump further complained Sunday about the yearlong investigation into whether his 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation and if he obstructed justice by trying to thwart the probe. Yesterday's tweeted announcement from Trump left unclear exactly what action he would request from the Justice Department.

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