Published: Wed, May 23, 2018
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Donald Trump Orders Justice Department to Investigate Obama Surveillance

Donald Trump Orders Justice Department to Investigate Obama Surveillance

The envoy offered to help the Trump presidential campaign, according to the Times ― similar to the Russian lawyer who met with Trump Jr. two months earlier under the guise of providing what the Trump campaign believed was damaging information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Mueller is mandated to investigate the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and any potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow, among other matters that may arise from the investigation.

In March 2017, the president tweeted that in October 2016, Obama had conducted surveillance at Trump Tower in NY, which had served as headquarters to his campaign and also his place of residence.

The Justice Department said the White House had signed off on its letter, but Nunes wasn't satisfied, and continued to pressure the department.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein confirmed over the weekend he was directing the Justice Department's internal watchdog to begin investigating whether a government asset was placed in the Trump campaign for political motivations.

Trump quoted Fox Business anchor David Asman and tweeted Friday: "Apparently the DOJ put a Spy in the Trump Campaign". If the president is serious, however, it could constitute an unprecedented attempt to influence a justice department investigatory process that has been insulated from presidential meddling since the Watergate scandal of the Nixon administration. The officials say that the identity of the source had been closely held at the highest levels of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and intelligence community, and the individual has been a source for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and CIA for years, the report said.

Representative Adam Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, called Trump's claim of an embedded spy "nonsense".

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

"His "demand" DOJ investigate something they know to be untrue is an abuse of power, and an effort to distract from his growing legal problems", Schiff added.

Senator Mark Warner, who is the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said: "Publicly outing a source risks not only their life, but the lives of every American, because when sources are burned it makes it that much harder for every part of the intelligence community to gather intelligence on those who wish to do us harm". Giuliani defended the president's actions. "And there's a legitimate reason here for us to be concerned", Turley said. "To me, there's not much of a difference between an informant's ongoing collection of information in a surreptitious way or a spy".

Giuliani said the information discovered by the source, who was first reported by The New York Times to have met several times with Trump campaign officials who had suspicious contacts linked to Russian Federation, should eventually be made public and released to Congress, even if his identity is kept confidential.

"STOP!" he wrote. "They have found no collusion with Russia, No obstruction".

Trump has attempted to link Obama and the intelligence committee to conducting surveillance on his campaign in the past. "With respect to the president's tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have looked carefully inside the FBI", Comey told the panel.

There is already an investigation into all aspects relating to Trump's campaign for the 2016 election and whether Russian Federation tried to influence the outcome.

Lemire reported from NY.

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