FBI Used Informant in Trump Campaign Only Over Russia Ties Suspicion

  • FBI Used Informant in Trump Campaign Only Over Russia Ties Suspicion

FBI Used Informant in Trump Campaign Only Over Russia Ties Suspicion

Furthermore, earlier Sunday morning, continuing from late Saturday night, the president took to Twitter to criticize the investigation into the Russian government's potential influence on the 2016 USA presidential election.

Sunday was not the first time that Trump accused his predecessor of politically motivated activity against him. Trump said in a tweet.

Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, now one of Trump's personal attorneys, nearly immediately undercut Trump's speculation about an informant.

"I don't understand what the president doesn't get about the law, that says if you have a foreign nation interfere in an American election, that's illegal", Senator Mark Warner of Virginia said on CNN's "State of the Union". "For a long time, we've been told there was some kind of infiltration". "At one time, the president thought it was a wiretap".

Trump and his supporters have cast the man as a mole possibly sent by the Obama administration to burrow into his campaign.

The U.S. Justice Department asked its inspector general to expand a review of the National Security Agency's surveillance application process to determine if political motivations affected the FBI's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, an agency spokeswoman said on Sunday.

Trump made the order amid days of public venting about the special counsel investigation, which he has deemed a "witch hunt" that has yielded no evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation. Few remember that the CIA's perceived meddling in the 1980 election - its open support for its former Director, George H.W. Bush to become President - was a somewhat serious political controversy.

Whatever else is true, says Greenwald, the CIA operative and Federal Bureau of Investigation informant used to gather information on the Trump campaign in the 2016 campaign has, for weeks, been falsely depicted as a sensitive intelligence asset rather than what he actually is: a long-time CIA operative with extensive links to the Bush family who was responsible for a dirty and likely illegal spying operation in the 1980 presidential election.

The Times' article said that Trump made his claim without any proof and it asserted that the informant isn't a spy at all.

CNN reported that USA officials said, "The confidential intelligence source was not planted inside the campaign to provide information to investigators".

The FBI used a retired American professor as an informant to interact with Trump campaign officials while the bureau looked into possible ties between Russian Federation and members of the campaign, according to new reports in The New York Times and The Washington Post. The newspaper said it has uncovered the identity of the informant, who it described as "an American academic who teaches in Britain", but noted that it "typically does not name informants to preserve their safety". He became the first person to be indicted by Mueller and has since pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators about his contacts with Russians and has been cooperating with the probe in a plea deal. Page and Papadopoulos did not immediately respond to requests for comment.