DOJ Responds to Trump's Demand For Action on FBI 'Mole'

Clay Curtis
May 22, 2018

Nunes, chairman of the House intelligence committee, has recently been fundraising off his defense of Trump.

"If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action", he said.

Justice Department "regulations protect this type of information from disclosure to Congress for legitimate investigative and privacy reasons", Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a letter to Rosenstein on Monday.

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With the full-throated backing of right-wing media, Trump has described this person as a "spy" who was "implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president". "The president and his staff should not be involved in the viewing or dissemination of sensitive investigatory information involving any open investigation, let alone one about his own activities and campaign".

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The Justice Department tasked its internal watchdog with looking into the issues raised by Mr Trump. "He has a right as president to say to the Justice Department you have to comply with a congressional subpoena or request". Although Sanders said the Justice Department had requested the inspector general probe "b$3 ased on the meeting with the President", the department had actually decided to make that request after the president tweeted about the matter on Sunday. "So I don't know what they're fighting about", he said.

Top officials at the Justice Department, the FBI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence agreed Monday to share highly classified information with lawmakers related to the Russian Federation investigation amid an escalating controversy over the bureau's use of a confidential intelligence source during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Zeldin's resolution comes less than a day after the justice department announced its request that Inspector General Michael Horowitz expand his review of the FBI's "Russian collusion" investigation to include possible abuses of the surveillance application process and political motivation. The panel didn't publicize the subpoena, but the Justice Department released a letter it sent to Nunes rejecting the request for information "regarding a specific individual".

There's no evidence that the FBI installed an informant or spy in Trump's campaign, though the bureau did rely on an informant who was in contact with Trump associates, according to two USA officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

President Trump sought to turn the tables on the Obama administration Monday after demanding a probe into whether his predecessor's Federal Bureau of Investigation "infiltrated" his 2016 campaign, pointedly asking what then-President Barack Obama knew about the operation - while clashing with former Central Intelligence Agency boss John Brennan.

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