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Justice Department to examine Trump's claim of Federal Bureau of Investigation surveillance of campaign
June 23 2018, 04:49 | Alexander Lowe
US justice department expands probe into origins of FBI's Russia investigation after public pressure from Donald Trump
President Donald Trumpsaid Sunday that he will "demand" that the Justice Department open an investigation into whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign, an extraordinary order that came hours before his legal team said that the special counsel indicated its investigation into the president could be concluded by September.
The Department of Justice has asked its inspector general to investigate possible infiltration into Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
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!"
The president's announcement followed a series of earlier tweets on Sunday in which Mr. Trump lambasted the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation as the "world's most expensive Witch Hunt". The man, who has been identified by several news outlets as government veteran Stefan Halper, made contacts with multiple Trump advisers during and after the 2016 campaign as part of the FBI's nascent investigation into Russian collusion, which evolved into Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe.
"We don't have any evidence at present that suggests that the Federal Bureau of Investigation actually infiltrated the campaign under false pretences, had somebody working for Trump and had access into getting confidential communication that wouldn't have been obtained if they weren't part of the campaign itself", said Fein, speaking from Washington, DC.
In May, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, whose job has been hanging in the balance for months, publicly said that the Department of Justice would not be "extorted" in the face of presidential and congressional threats to undermine its independence.
Wittes also predicts Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, and FBI Director Christopher Wray will not comply with Trump's order.
It is not clear whether Trump will ask for a general investigation or specifically call on the Justice Department to make public certain materials about the FBI's counterintelligence process or the identity of sources.
Iranian Leaders Chant "Death To America", Burn US Flag Riyadh's statement, which came less than an hour after Mr Trump's decision , said it "supports and welcomes" the U.S. decision. We will remain committed to this agreement and try to do everything so that Iran also fulfills its commitments in the future".
Nunes said he and Gowdy canceled the meeting after they were informed that DoJ had decided not to provide the documents.
Trump made the order amid days of public venting about the special counsel investigation, which he has deemed a "witch hunt" that has yielded no evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.
Promoting a theory that is circulating, Trump quoted Fox Business anchor David Asman and tweeted Friday: "Apparently the DOJ put a Spy in the Trump Campaign".
The informant - an American academic working in the United Kingdom - had made contact with George Papadopoulos and Carter Page, the report said.
The New York Timesnotes 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.
Without providing any evidence on Sunday, Mr Trump demanded a stop to the inquiry - that he said was nearing $20m in costs and was composed of 13 "angry and heavily conflicted Democrats".
But when asked whether there was an informant on the campaign, Giuliani toldCNN, "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".