President Trump has demanded an investigation into whether Obama administration or FBI spied on his presidential campaign.
Tweeting out on Sunday President Donald Trump publicly requested a federal investigation of allegations that law enforcement monitored his campaign for political purposes.
“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 president said in a tweet.
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) 20 May 2018
There have been reports in the past few days that federal authorities used an information to spy on Trump campaign officials which have fanned the president’s distrust of the DOJ and the FBI.
President Trump said he plans to officially demand that the Justice Department probe reports and that the FBI look into reported surveillance of his 2016 campaign.
The New York Times reported that FBI agents sent an informant to talk to two Trump campaign advisers, after receiving evidence that they had made contacts linked to Russia during the campaign that were deemed suspicious.
On separate occasions, the unnamed operative met with George Papadopoulos and Carter Page, The Times noted.
In March of 2017, reports indicated that Obama ordered surveillance of Donald Trump’s residence during the 2016 campaign — an accusation which Obama has denied. Former Director of the FBI James Comey also made the statement that there was no information to support the claim.
Last week, Trump reacted to the suggestion of potential FBI spying as being “bigger than Watergate.” Meanwhile, The Washington Post reported this week that allies close to the president were working to expose the source.
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) 19 May 2018