Justice Department to examine Trump's claim of Federal Bureau of Investigation surveillance of campaign

Mae Love
May 23, 2018

"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.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWH aides intentionally compose Trump tweets with grammatical mistakes: report Holder: DOJ, FBI should reject Trump's requests Ex-Trump campaign adviser rips claims of spy in campaign: It's "embarrassing" MORE on Sunday said he'll ask the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate whether the FBI surveilled his campaign.

DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement that the request was made to extend an ongoing internal investigation looking into the FISA warrant application process.

During a meeting with Trump, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray also reiterated an announcement late Sunday that the Justice Department's inspector general will expand an existing investigation into the Russian Federation probe by examining whether there was any improper politically motivated surveillance.

Bruce Fein, a former USA associate deputy attorney general, says there are valid reasons for the Russian investigation as too many people from Trump's campaign team associated with foreign officials.

"It bothers me that they may be an informant in one of the campaigns unless there is a damn good reason", Graham said.

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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Late last month, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Visalia, issued a subpoena to the Justice Department seeking all documents related to the professor. Giuliani, the former mayor of NY, also said Mueller's team indicated that the entire probe could end by September, not just its investigation into potential obstruction of justice.

Giuliani also said the two sides were still negotiating whether Trump will be interviewed as part of the investigation.

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.

Giuliani acknowledged, though, the timeline could change significantly if the president did not cooperate.

Giuliani said he was not anxious about that sparking a possible crisis at the Justice Department, remarking, "I have a hard time believing they won't go along. Show Americans the truth".

Trump's demand potentially sets up a high-stakes showdown with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray, who have resisted requests from Republican lawmakers to hand over some documents related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. "Not the tweets", said the person, speaking on the condition of anonymity to talk about a topic the person was not authorized to discuss publicly.

"That would skew the independence of the Department of Justice to fairly go after individuals who have broken the law", Lee added. Sessions and the lawmakers urged Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz to review whether Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials abused their surveillance powers by using information compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British spy, and paid for by Democrats as part of the basis to justify monitoring Carter Page, a former campaign adviser to Trump. Horowitz also said that he would examine other matters that might arise from his work. The Justice Department reported at the end of a year ago that the special counsel's investigation had incurred at least $6.7 million in expenses in its first four and a half months, and Mr. Trump's own budget allocated $10 million for his office for 2019.

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