He suggests campaign 'infiltration' was politically motivated, wants new investigation

He suggests campaign 'infiltration' was politically motivated, wants new investigation

In addition on Sunday, Trump continued to attack the credibility of Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation into Russian election interference, calling the probe "the world's most expensive witch hunt".

President Trump says that, on Monday, he will order an investigation into whether the FBI and the Department of Justice "infiltrated or surveilled" his campaign "for political purposes", potentially setting up a showdown between the president and his intelligence and law enforcement agencies. Trump tweeted on Sunday.

When you add it all up, today Trump demanded a counter-investigation into the legitimate, lawfully-predicated DOJ probe of his campaign, based on no evidence of wrongdoing, exclusively to undermine the special counsel - and he got it.

The New York Times reported separately last week that at least one government informant met several times with Page and George Papadopoulos, another former foreign policy adviser on Trump's campaign.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

Trump fully endorses that view and first addressed it in a string of tweets in March 2017, in which he alleged the Obama administration had ordered a wiretap on Trump Tower, his business and campaign headquarters.

But it paired that inquiry with an existing "review" of the application process for FISA national security warrants, which Republicans allege was abused in connection with the surveillance of Page.

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Trump's intervention appeared to go beyond his already intense anger about the Mueller probe, his hypersensitivity to suggestions his election win was not legitimate, and the efforts to tarnish Mueller.

Trump's power play injected fresh intensity into his escalating political offensive against the Justice Department and renewed worries he is barging across long-held boundaries between the judicial system and the Oval Office.

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.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is looking into Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election, whether there was any collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump team and whether the president tried unlawfully to obstruct the inquiry.

"We said to them, 'If we're going to be interviewed in July, how much time until the report gets issued?'" Giuliani told The Associated Press on Sunday, referring to the report Mueller is expected to issue to Congress at the conclusion of his investigation. "We're entitled to know what he knows", the former mayor of NY said. "And I think the president has raised that".

Brookings Institution senior fellow Benjamin Wittes tweeted that there is "no doubt in my mind that neither the attorney general (who is recused anyway) nor the deputy attorney general nor the Federal Bureau of Investigation director can in good conscience comply with such an order". Trump allies from Kellyanne Conway to Rudy Giuliani were soon sharing grave concerns about the presence of a spy in the campaign's midst.

Yet such is Trump's fury over the whole affair, it's also conceivable that his volcanic temperament and belief that he is being unfairly targeted is causing him to act in a way that raises suspicions.

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