Politics Today: Donald Trump demands Justice Dept and FBI investigate presidential campaign 'spy'

Politics Today: Donald Trump demands Justice Dept and FBI investigate presidential campaign 'spy'
Politics Today 

The US Justice Department has consented to investigate "inconsistencies" into the FBI's choice to put a witness inside Donald Trump 's 2016 election campaign team.

The President requested to know whether a FBI witness was planted or enlisted by the Obama organization to 'spy' on him.

The understanding came amid a meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray, White House representative Sarah Sanders said.

The Justice Department "has asked the inspector general to expand its current investigation to include any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s or the Department of Justice’s tactics concerning the Trump Campaign," Sanders said in a statement.

The White House will now set up a meeting with the FBI and the US intelligence community to allow politicians on Capitol Hill review highly-sensitive material about their investigation into Trump.

Democratic politicians have slammed the Justice Department move. Senate leader and Trump-critic Chuck Schumer condemned the arrangement as “inappropriate.”

Any meeting between the parties must include Democrats as a "check on the disturbing tendency of the president’s allies to distort facts and undermine the investigation and the people conducting it”, he said.

Federal investigators are probing whether anyone in the Trump campaign worked with Russia to sway the election to the Republican candidate. Trump has denied any collusion and repeatedly dismissed the investigation as a "witch hunt."

Trump has shown increasing sign of impatience with the Muller-led investigation as it enters its second year and has demanded to know if the investigation was ordered during the Obama presidency.

Trump said in a Twitter post on Sunday that he would demand the Justice Department look into whether the FBI "infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes - and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!"

In March, the Justice Department's inspector general launched a review into allegations by Republican lawmakers that the FBI made serious missteps when it sought a warrant to monitor a former adviser to Trump’s 2016 election campaign.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said his review will examine whether the FBI and Justice Department followed proper procedures when they applied for a warrant with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to secretly conduct surveillance on former adviser Carter Page and his ties to Russia.

Republican U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin said he and 16 other members of Congress will introduce a resolution on Tuesday alleging Justice Department and FBI misconduct involving surveillance in the Trump-Russia probe.

Neither Trump nor his new lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, provided any evidence of government infiltration into Trump’s presidential campaign.


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