Trump to demand probe into FBI's use of informant


Trump tweeted: "I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice 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!"

Trump made the order amid days of public venting about the special counsel investigation, which he has deemed a "witch hunt" that he says has yielded no evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.

In a separate development, Rudolph Giuliani, Mr Trump's lawyer, said Robert Mueller, the special counsel now leading the investigation, wanted to end the part looking into obstruction of justice by September 1.

"You do a great disservice to our Nation & the Republican Party if you continue to enable Mr. Trump's self-serving actions", he told House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). 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!"

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Hours later, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein asked the Justice Department to step in, according to reports.

Responding to President Donald Trump's demand on Sunday that the Justice Department launch a probe into whether his 2016 campaign was unlawfully surveilled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for "political purposes"-a claim the president has made repeatedly without offering any evidence-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said he has asked the inspector general (IG) to look into Trump's allegations". The government also obtained a secret warrant in October 2016 to monitor former Trump campaign aide Carter Page's communications after convincing a judge it was appropriate to that investigation. He had come under fire for his decision to go to the White House grounds and look at classified information that suggested the Trump transition team may have been under indirect surveillance. If the president is serious, however, it could constitute an unprecedented attempt to influence a justice department investigatory process that has been insulated from presidential meddling since the Watergate scandal of the Nixon administration.

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.

On Friday, Trump quoted Fox Business Network anchor David Asman in a tweet. "That's little more than a transparent effort to undermine an ongoing investigation".

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., slammed Trump over his order on Sunday.

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. "It stops espionage. To do that, they run confidential informants into the suspects", said Baer, a CNN national security analyst.

Then-FBI Director James Comey dispelled the notion, later testifying to Congress that internal reviews found no information to support the president's allegation.

The informant's purported role in the Russian Federation investigation was reported by both the New York Times and Washington Post.

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