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May 21 Justice Department orders internal investigation into 'political motivation' behind FBI infiltration of Trump campaign

Posted by George Freund on May 21, 2018 at 11:20 PM

President Trump has alleged the Obama administration spied on his 2016 presidential campaign through the Justice Department or FBI

On Sunday he demanded a formal probe into the matter and the highest ranking DOJ official involved agreed almost immediately

Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, ordered the DOJ's inspector general to open a former investigation

A retired professor was working as an informant on the Trump campaign for FBI

He met with several Trump aides and discussed foreign policy in summer 2016

Reports suggest he was Professor Stefan Halper, American working in the UK

Is said to have 'randomly' brought up Russia in meetings, prompting suspicions

The Department of Justice will hold a potentially explosive probe demanded by Donald Trump into whether the FBI snooped on his campaign.

Following Donald Trump's demand that the DoJ investigate his allegation that the Obama administration's FBI 'infiltrated or surveilled' his 2016 campaign, the agency directed its Office of Inspector General on Sunday to formally probe those claims.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement that '[i]f anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action.'

Jeff Sessions, the Trump administration's attorney general, recused himself last year from all matters related to Russian election meddling since he was an adviser to the president's campaign.

The move opens the way for a new and potentially explosive front in the relitigation of the 2016 election: whether President Obama's Justice Department oversaw politically-motivated spying.

President Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon that he planned to 'officially' ask 'that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes.'

The tweet came after multiple reports that the FBI had sent an informant to speak with campaign advisers about matters related to possible Russia ties.


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