Donald Trump Orders Justice Department to Investigate Obama Surveillance

US to examine Trump's allegation his campaign was under surveillance

US to examine Trump's allegation his campaign was under surveillance

In a statement released Sunday that appeared to respond to Trump's tweet on the matter, Rosenstein said action would be taken if it is determined that there was an Federal Bureau of Investigation mole in the Trump campaign team.

As a pair of Post articles, dated May 8 and 9, explained, the DOJ has refused to provide the documents, concerned that the safety of the USA citizen source could be endangered, and that ongoing intelligence investigations could be compromised. "This is appalling that President Trump would be so uninformed and that his chief of staff, his counselors, the White House counsel, would allow him to spew into the thinking of Americans that he has any right or authority to dictate to what the Department of Justice does", Texas Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, said.

And he has said he wants to know whether a member of the Obama team ordered such a move.

"You need to protect sources and methods and that if you were to out or to burn such an agent, that person's life could be in jeopardy", Warner said.

What does the new expanded probe involve?

President Trump called the FBI Director and Deputy Attorney General to the White House Wednesday.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates was also present.

The Justice Department's inspector general, Michael Horowitz, is investigating the surveillance practices by the FBI and DOJ related to the Russian Federation investigation. "After that meeting, they've done nothing but leak and leak and leak".

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.

It's a good case study in how outlandish theories created to discredit the Mueller investigation and bolster Trump's position travel from the fringes to the White House. Nevertheless, by handing the investigation over to the inspector general, Rosenstein may be hoping to assuage Trump's concerns, without "fully bowing to his demands", suggests The New York Times.

US to examine Trump's allegation his campaign was under surveillance

That particular bomb appears to have been defused - at least for now.

Giuliani also said that Mueller, in pressing for that interview, told him in a late April meeting that the investigation into president's conduct and possible obstruction of justice could be completed by September 1 if Trump agreed to sit down with investigators.

"This is a nakedly corrupt attempt on the part of the President to derail an investigation of himself at the expense of a human source to whose protection the FBI and DOJ are committed", tweeted Wittes. This time may be no different.

Halper was not implanted on the campaign, as Trump claims.

"It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a "hot" Fake News story", Mr Trump tweeted, adding: "If true - all time biggest political scandal!".

Trump again redirected the continuing investigation towards failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Democrats, Tony Podesta, the DNC, and politically biased FBI officials.

"It bothers me that they may be an informant in one of the campaigns unless there is a damn good reason", Graham said.

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.

"Is he going to simply ask the Department of Justice to determine if procedure was followed, or is he going to direct the attorney general to open a criminal inquiry?" said national security attorney Bradley Moss.

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