Published: Tue, May 22, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

DOJ Says Inspector General Will Investigate Trump Campaign Surveillance Claims

DOJ Says Inspector General Will Investigate Trump Campaign Surveillance Claims

After that meeting, the White House said in a statement the Department of Justice (DoJ) had asked its inspector general to expand the investigation.

The article cites work by Republican Representative Devin Nunes of California, an ardent Trump supporter and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who has demanded information on an FBI source in the Russian Federation investigation.

The US Department of Justice will investigate whether FBI agents spied on President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign for "inappropriate purposes".

Trump remained focused on the issue over the weekend, and on Sunday, in an extraordinary tweet, pledged to "demand" a DOJ investigation into whether the Obama administration was behind this supposed politically-motivated spying.

His comments followed a report from The Washington Post last week that indicated an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant approached three members of Trump's campaign team.

Mueller will "wrap it up when he thinks he's turned over every rock, and when that is will depend on how cooperative witnesses, persons of interest and maybe even some targets are, if any of those emerge, and on what new evidence he finds, not on some arbitrary, first-of-the-month deadline one of the president's attorneys cooks up", the source said. The Washington Post too reported that in addition to Page and Papadopoulos, the source met with Sam Clovis, the Trump campaign's co-chairman, to talk about relations with China.

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.

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

Behind Trump's Demand For A DOJ Investigation
The claim that the president is immune from the criminal process also winds up being potentially bad for Mr. The pretext Trump seized on is the revelation that FBI source Stefan A.

Experts said a demand by Trump for a criminal probe rather than a Justice Department Inspector General inquiry could prompt a similar outcome.

There was speculation from USA media commentators that Mr Trump's demand was an attempt to force senior justice officials into resigning.

"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 tweeted.

The special counsel's office did not respond to a request for comment.

"We're not going to go to another meeting where we don't get documents, and then the meeting leaks out", the California Republican said during an interview on Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures" with Maria Bartiromo. 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. Havng the name become public could put lives at risk, these critics caution.

"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.

"As the president's lawyer, I can't be concerned on what effect it may have", he said.

According to the Washington Post, the informant has been aiding the Russian Federation investigation since before Mr Mueller's appointment a year ago.

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