Trump demands DOJ look into whether Federal Bureau of Investigation "infiltrated" campaign
- Author: Joey Payne May 23, 2018,
May 23, 2018, 0:10
President Donald Trump said 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 US department of justice has ordered an internal examination to determine if there was any "impropriety or political motivation" in FBI's counterintelligence investigation of President Donald Trump's campaign in 2016.
Republican lawmakers have alleged the FBI's wiretap requests were based chiefly on information from a controversial dossier prepared by former British spy Christopher Steele, who had been paid for the work by the campaign of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.
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.
DOJ spokesperson Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement that the inspector general would consult with "the appropriate USA attorney" about whether there is any evidence of potential criminal conduct, The Hill reported.
The department of justice inspector general will examine the informant's role as part of its ongoing review of the FBI's requests to a secretive court - under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act - for permission to wiretap Page during the initial stages of investigation of Russian meddling. Trump allies from Kellyanne Conway to Rudy Giuliani were soon sharing grave concerns about the presence of a spy in the campaign's midst.
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. It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a "hot" Fake News story.
Any improper spying by such an informant would render the entire Mueller probe "completely illegitimate", Giuliani told the Post on Thursday, before acknowledging to CNN Friday that they didn't know "for sure" that such an individual even existed.
The question now is whether Trump's own Justice Department officials have the courage to buck him.
A number of Trump outside advisers - including former chief strategist Stephen Bannon - have stepped up their attacks on the Department of Justice, calling for it to release more documents to the White House while saying a confidential source has worked against Trump.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that it was against the law to "try to reveal classified information about the identity of an Federal Bureau of Investigation or CIA source".
"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 goal, I believe both men will resign rather than comply", Wittes wrote. Analysts described his demand for an investigation of the investigation as unprecedented.
Meanwhile, it's still unclear when or if the president will sit down for an interview with Mueller.