DOJ Says Inspector General Will Investigate Trump Campaign Surveillance Claims

DOJ Says Inspector General Will Investigate Trump Campaign Surveillance Claims

Trump's demand potentially sets up a high-stakes showdown with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray, who have resisted requests from Republican lawmakers to hand over some documents related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.

There was also concern among Trump-aligned lawmakers that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House counsel Donald McGahn may be trying to "water down" the president's position as a way of avoiding a potential crisis over highly sensitive materials that the Justice Department has always been wary of releasing, according to one person close to those Republicans. "Our law is not an instrument of partisan objective", said Edward Levi, the Republican-appointed attorney general in the 1970s who helped create the modern Justice Department. She said the officials will "review highly classified and other information they have requested", but did not provide additional detail.

In one of several Sunday morning tweets, the president said, "I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes-and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

Russian Federation has denied interference in the election campaign.

Trump made the order amid days of public venting about the special counsel investigation, which he has deemed a "witch hunt" that he says has yielded no evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation. The Justice Department's response to the president's tweet indicated that, no matter the case, Horowitz's investigation could now broaden. In March, Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz confirmed that the investigation would take place. California Democratic Representative Ted Lieu said that Trump's demand could amount to obstruction of justice.

Jeff Sessions, the USA attorney general, and Mr Rosenstein, his deputy, have both been figures of Mr Trump's public anger in the past.

How has the White House responded?

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., slammed Trump over his order on Sunday.

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As a pair of Post articles, dated May 8 and 9, explained, the DOJ has refused to provide the documents, concerned that the safety of the US citizen source could be endangered, and that ongoing intelligence investigations could be compromised. Havng the name become public could put lives at risk, these critics caution.

Trump provided no proof to back up his claim.

The move came hours after President Trump ordered a review looking into whether federal agents infiltrated or surveilled his campaign for political purposes.

Sunday was not the first time that Trump accused his predecessor of politically motivated activity against him. That evening, the Wall Street Journal's Kimberly Strassel published a column calling the DOJ's reported concerns about the source's safety a sign of "desperation" and interpreting the Post report to mean that the person was likely engaged in "outright spying" on, as well as trying to "infiltrate", the Trump campaign. Comey later testified to Congress that internal reviews found no information to support the president's tweets.