DOJ asks watchdog to probe Trump campaign surveillance claims


In one of several Sunday morning tweets, the president said, "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's pressure on the Justice Department - it asked its watchdog later Sunday to expand an existing probe of FBI actions - reached a new intensity with the demand, and came amid a White House strategy to combat the threat posed by special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into potential ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Trump made the request public on Sunday when he tweeted to his more than 50 million followers that he would submit a formal request for the investigation on Monday.

The source met with three different Trump campaign officials, the Washington Post reported Friday evening. "As always, the Inspector General will consult with the appropriate U.S. Attorney if there is any evidence of potential criminal conduct", DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told Fox News. Rosenstein asked the department's inspector general to expand its review of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to include whether there were any political motivations in the FBI's surveillance during the 2016 campaign.

If there's a dark conspiracy theory circulating about Deep State efforts to undermine Donald Trump, it's a safe bet that it started with Rep. Devin Nunes, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee. 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. "Trump is forcing DOJ to conduct a politicized investigation - something he himself conceded he shouldn't do". It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a "hot" Fake News story.

California Democratic Representative Ted Lieu said that Trump's demand could amount to obstruction of justice.

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The New York Times notes that the matter may be referred to the Inspector General of the Justice Department, which would be a concession to Trump, but avoid provoking a full-blown emergency. 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".

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's extraordinary demand of the Justice Department alarmed many observers, who felt it not only violated presidential protocol but could have a chilling effect on federal law enforcement or its use of informants.

Also making headlines Sunday is Mr. Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, reportedly said that the threat posed by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign could soon come to an end.

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