President Trump said he will officially “demand” that the Department of Justice investigate whether the FBI “infiltrated” his 2016 presidential campaign during the Obama administration.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2018
“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! ,”
The posting comes after the president launched a stream of tweets on Sunday about an FBI informant who met with a number of Trump campaign associates in the summer of 2016 – meetings revealed in a report Friday by the New York Times.
Trump also continued to assail special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe as a “Witch Hunt.”
Rep. Devin Nunes said on Fox News Sunday that a spy in the Trump campaign would be an “absolute red line.” <See Related Story>
“There is no possible way, that we should be allowing, even if it was legal, we should never allow this in this country. Congress should not allow for anything like this to ever occur again to any political campaign, if it in fact happened,” Nunes said.
The New York Post reports,
Congressional Republicans are seeking records from the Department of Justice about the informant and other details about the investigation into Trump’s campaign.
The president, his legal team and some GOP members of the House and Senate have pointed to the reports as evidence that Mueller’s investigation into Russia meddling in the election and any collusion on the part of Trump’s campaign aides was politically motivated.
The president in a tweet on Saturday hinted at that possibility.
“If the FBI or DOJ was infiltrating a campaign for the benefit of another campaign, that is a really big deal. Only the release or review of documents that the House Intelligence Committee (also, Senate Judiciary) is asking for can give the conclusive answers,” he said.
FBI Director Christopher Wray has cautioned against outing informants, saying “the day we can’t protect human sources is the day the American people start becoming less safe.”