President Donald Trump stunned the mainstream media on Sunday by revealing a new investigation into former President Barack Obama’s administration — and it’s very bad legal news for top aides, former CIA directors… and even the former president himself.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2018
Trump will “demand” that the Justice Department investigate claims that the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign, an extraordinary order that has corrupt Washington, D.C. insiders concerned.
Trump’s demand puts further pressure on the Justice Department, which later Sunday asked its inspector general to expand an existing investigation into the Russia probe by examining whether there was any improper politically motivated surveillance.
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 Russia.
The Justice Department moved Sunday to defuse a growing confrontation with the White House by asking its watchdog to investigate accusations of illegal surveillance of the Trump campaign by the Obama administration.
The Justice Department probe had begun in March at the request of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and congressional Republicans. Sessions and the lawmakers had urged Inspector General Michael Horowitz to review whether FBI and Justice Department officials abused their surveillance powers by using information compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British spy, and paid for by Democrats to justify monitoring Carter Page, a former campaign adviser to Trump.
Horowitz said his office will look at those claims as well as communications between Steele and DOJ and FBI officials.
On Saturday, Trump tweeted —
If the FBI or DOJ was infiltrating a campaign for the benefit of another campaign, that is a really big deal. Only the release or review of documents that the House Intelligence Committee (also, Senate Judiciary) is asking for can give the conclusive answers. Drain the Swamp!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2018
Trump’s extraordinary demand of the Justice Department sent his opponents into a mad scramble.
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Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, called Trump’s claim of an embedded spy “nonsense.”
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani defended the president’s actions.
“As the president’s lawyer, I can’t be concerned on what effect it may have,” he 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.
“If this guy was an FBI implant into the campaign, that’s as offensive as Watergate,” Giuliani said.
The New York Times was the first to report that, under Obama, the FBI embedded an informant into the Trump campaign. If this informant — Trump called him a spy — fed information to the Democrats regarding the GOP presidential strategy, it would prove to be the biggest scandal in American political history.
Giuliani said the information discovered by the source should eventually be made public and released to Congress, even if the source’s identity is kept confidential.
The GOP-led House Intelligence Committee closed its Russian meddling probe last month, saying it found no evidence of collusion or coordination between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
Of course, Sunday was not the first time that Trump accused Obama of politically motivated activity against him.
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The Horn News confirmed in March 2017 that Obama had conducted questionable wiretap surveillance the previous October at Trump Tower, the New York skyscraper where Trump ran his campaign and transition and maintains a residence.
The information was widely spread throughout the Obama administration. The reveal reportedly caused a panicked restructuring of the entire Democratic National Committee, and critics say it was a hasty attempt by Obama loyalists to cover their tracks.
The end could finally be near for these corrupt insiders.