Donald Trump Demands DOJ Investigation Into FBI, Obama Administration Election Spying Claims

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The inspector general is being asked to determine "whether there was any impropriety or political motivation" on the part of U.S. agents who conducted counter-intelligence operations of "persons suspected of involvement with the Russian agents who interfered in the 2016 presidential election".

Trump's pressure on the Justice Department - it asked its watchdog later Sunday to expand an existing probe of FBI actions - reached a new intensity with the demand, and came amid a White House strategy to combat the threat posed by special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into potential ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

The original probe into alleged Federal Bureau of Investigation surveillance abuse was announced in late March, and was focused on whether the department abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) when it obtained a warrant to surveil former Trump campaign associate Carter Page.

"If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action", Rosenstein's statement said. And The Washington Post later reported that same source also met with Trump's campaign co-chairman Sam Clovis. Trump's new lawyer, Rudy Giuliani said that he and the President talked over the weekend and agreed Trump should call for the Justice Department investigation involving the confidential source, adding that he expected the President to send a follow-up letter.

An FBI informant was in touch with some members of Trump's campaign ahead of the 2016 election about their contacts with Russians as part of an operation that has since grown into an investigation of alleged Russian meddling in polls being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

Trump has made similar dictatorial-style investigation threats before, and they have come to very little - thanks, in part to his absent mindedness, and in part to the ability of his advisers to steer him away from the worst consequences of his pique.

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"It bothers me that they may be an informant in one of the campaigns unless there is a damn good reason", Graham said. Giuliani said they had been told of "some kind of infiltration". Giuliani said a decision on that would not be made until after Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, which is slated for June 12. He said he would direct the Department of Justice to investigate whether the F.B.I. improperly spied on his campaign.

The story broke wide open last week with the first mention of the word "informant" by a major mainstream publication.

Mueller is investigating possible coordination between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 campaign.

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.

White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders says while President Trump's meeting with Wray and Rosenstein will focus on congressional requests for documents and information, the meeting was scheduled last week - before the President's "demand" tweet Sunday. There's no evidence that the investigation or use of the informant was ordered by President Obama.

Meanwhile, it's still unclear when or if the president will sit down for an interview with Mueller.

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