Trump says he will call for Justice Department to probe whether FBI surveilled his campaign for ‘political purposes’

By | May 20, 2018

The Washington Post reports:

President Trump said Sunday that he would demand that the Justice Department explore whether it or the FBI “infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes” — escalating a battle over federal law enforcement’s use of a confidential source to aid its probe into whether the Trump campaign and Russia coordinated to influence the 2016 election.

Trump wrote on Twitter, “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 tweet seemed to be a response to recent reports about the FBI using a longtime intelligence asset to advance its investigation into Russian election meddling. Trump and his allies have seized on the use of the asset to claim that the FBI has spied on his campaign.

The president’s impending demand is significant in its own right: the nation’s chief executive ordering an investigation into the investigation of his campaign. But it also could presage more important developments.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) has sought documents on the FBI’s use of the asset and, so far, has been rebuffed by Justice Department leaders, who worry that exposing the source or the source’s work could put him in danger. The FBI had been working over the past two weeks to mitigate the potential damage if the asset’s identity were revealed, according to several people familiar with the matter. [Continue reading…]

Fox News contributor, Glenn Greenwald, pours scorn on the legitimacy of the claim that the FBI informant’s identity needs to be protected, and once again and mostly through innuendo, promotes the Deep State witch hunt narrative favored by both Trump and Russia.

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