Trump tweeted Sunday, "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 had demanded that the Justice Department look into possible infiltration or surveillance by the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the DOJ itself of his 2016 campaign, stressing that it was essential to probe if someone from his predecessor Barack Obama's administration had ordered such a request.
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. The article cites work by Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California, an ardent Trump supporter and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who has demanded information on an FBI source in the Russian Federation investigation.
George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy advisor to the Trump campaign, was one of those contacted by the informant. 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. The legal team initially said it hoped to make a decision on an interview by May 17, the one-year mark, but lawyer Rudy Giuliani told CBS News he hopes to have a final decision about whether Mr. Trump will sit for an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller before the president heads to Singapore for the highly anticipated North Korea summit in mid-June. 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.
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California Democratic Representative Ted Lieu said that Trump's demand could amount to obstruction of justice.
His comment comes after House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said USA spy agencies crossed a "red line" if they planted a paid informant inside Trump's campaign.More news: Australian astronomers find a cosmic 'monster' that's growing fast
"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 goal of undermining the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in our election", Warner wrote in a statement.
The National Review first reported claims of an informant.
While Trump allies in Congress have demanded more information about the informant, law enforcement officials have refused, saying the source - not yet officially identified - could be in danger if named.
House Democrats stood by the Justice Department following the President's demand for an inquiry into the department's actions regarding the Trump campaign. "It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a "hot" Fake News story", Trump had tweeted, adding: "If true - all time biggest political scandal!" Trump said on Twitter. Analysts described his demand for an investigation of the investigation as unprecedented.
"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.
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. None of his activities were ever made public, and the existence of the Russian Federation investigation itself was not revealed until after the election - unlike the bureau's highly publicized investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server.