Donald Trump Orders Justice Department to Investigate Obama Surveillance


Mueller has already indicted numerous Russian individuals and entities for interference in the USA election through the creation of fake news stories commenting on contentious American issues. Used Informant to Investigate. So far, he has been rebuffed by department officials, who have said that exposing the source or the source's work could put him and his contacts in danger and jeopardize worldwide intelligence partnerships.

What does the new expanded probe involve?

"As always, the Inspector General will consult with the appropriate U.S. Attorney if there is any evidence of potential criminal conduct", DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement to Fox News.

Benjamin Wittes, a senior governance fellow at the Brookings Institution and the editor-in-chief of Lawfare, posted a tweet that called Trump's move "a nakedly corrupt attempt" to derail the investigation and predicted that forcing a probe would prompt both Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign.

The request was made by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

"If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action".

The Justice Department said the White House had signed off on its letter, but Nunes wasn't satisfied, and continued to pressure the department.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates was also present.

In March, Inspector General Michael Horowitz said there would be an investigation into Republican complaints of FBI wrongdoing in the early stages of the Russian Federation probe.

Nunes said he and Gowdy canceled the meeting after they were informed that DoJ had decided not to provide the documents.

The department of justice inspector general will examine the informant's role as part of its ongoing review of the FBI's requests to a secretive court - under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act - for permission to wiretap Page during the initial stages of investigation of Russian meddling.

"We said to them, 'If we're going to be interviewed in July, how much time until the report gets issued?'" Giuliani told AP on Sunday, referring to the report Mueller is expected to issue to Congress at the conclusion of his investigation.

That particular bomb appears to have been defused - at least for now.

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

He echoed Trump's concerns that an extended investigation could hurt Republicans in the November congressional elections.

Was there a mole inside the Trump team?

Trump has constantly attacked the inquiry and first made the accusation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had sent a spy into his campaign team on Friday.

"Joaquin Castro, another House Democrat, responded to Trump's demand for Justice Department action by tweeting: "@realDonaldTrump - Let Mueller do his job.

The informant - an American academic working in the United Kingdom - had made contact with George Papadopoulos and Carter Page, the report said.

Discussing the developments on CNN shortly after Rosenstein's news came out, Former Trump Campaign Adviser Steve Cortes and Democratic Strategist Maria Cardona quickly locked horns.

What's likely to happen next?

"They are all separate divisions and they review information".

The Justice Department probe began in March at the request of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and congressional Republicans.

Some Democrats are deeply unhappy. He has been identified by some United States media outlets but others have not, at the request of American intelligence officers who argue the disclosure could hamper other investigations.

What is the informant's connection to Mueller?

The probe comes amid an ongoing investigation, headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, into alleged collusion between the Russian government and Trump's 2016 election campaign.