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Trump says 'spies' in campaign would be unprecedented

The Latest: Trump: 'SPYGATE' may be among biggest scandals Trump repeats claim FBI spied on his campaign in seething Twitter rant about “criminal deep state”
Preston Stone | 23 May, 2018, 15:01

He dubbed the move to obtain the information "a dramatic and new and destructive low, I think, for the Congress of the United States basically to ignore the warnings of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department and potentially risk people's lives".

On Sunday, Trump posted on Twitter: "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!"

During a meeting Monday with Trump, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray also reiterated an announcement late Sunday that the Justice Department's inspector general will expand an existing investigation into the Russian Federation probe by examining whether there was any improper politically motivated surveillance.

Asked before a private meeting with the president of South Korea if he has confidence in Rosenstein, who is overseeing the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation, he asked reporters to move on to another question. He said earlier Tuesday the Justice Department's independent inspector general should have the latitude to follow the investigation "where it needs to go".

"To my knowledge, the Democrats have not requested that information, so I would refer you back to them on why they would consider themselves randomly invited to see something they've never asked to", Sanders said.

After Trump's tweets on Sunday, the Justice Department formally asked the inspector general to expand its review to include tactics used against Trump campaign aides and advisers.

House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, both Republicans, are expected to attend, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told a regular news briefing.

"If they had spies in my campaign ... for political purposes, that would be unprecedented", President Trump said during an Oval Office meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in Tuesday, calling it a "disgrace".

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"It is scheduled to take place on Thursday of this week".

Caputo said he has told the House Intelligence and Senate Intelligence Committees about the offer, as well as the special counsel team led by Robert Mueller.

The Justice Department's internal probe began in March at the request of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and congressional Republicans. Schiff and other committee Democrats were furious and argued that Republicans had not subpoenaed many witnessed they considered essential to the committee's work.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein leaves the White House, Monday, May 21, 2018, in Washington.

"I didn't want to be involved in bringing in this kind of information", he said.

"His "demand" DOJ investigate something they know to be untrue is an abuse of power, and an effort to distract from his growing legal problems", Schiff tweeted.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper defended using an informant on ABC's "The View".

"But you can't be the one to fire him because we've got some weak-kneed Republicans out there who will come after you for firing the guy who needed firing", he recalled while holding a photo of himself whispering in Trump's ear last summer.

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