The FBI Informant Who Wasn't Spying

Donald Trump has warned the Russia investigation could harm Republicans at the mid-term elections in November 2018

Donald Trump has warned the Russia investigation could harm Republicans at the mid-term elections in November 2018 Credit REUTERS Kevin Lamarque

Later on Sunday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement that "If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action", CNN reports. California Democratic Representative Ted Lieu said that Trump's demand could amount to obstruction of justice.

Earlier in the day, Trump was in a feisty mood, sending several tweets focusing on the injustice of the investigation against him, considering Democrats' supposedly worse crimes. The former mayor said Sunday the two sides "were getting closer" to agreeing on the parameters on a potential interview but would not put the odds of it happening at better than 50/50.

Moss referred to the Nixon-era Watergate scandal that led the attorney general and deputy attorney general to resign rather than fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox. Trump's new lawyer, Rudy Giuliani said that he and the President talked over the weekend and agreed Trump should call for the Justice Department investigation involving the confidential source, adding that he expected the President to send a follow-up letter.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is looking into Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 USA election, whether there was any collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump team and whether the president tried unlawfully to obstruct the inquiry.

Bruce Fein, a former U.S. associate deputy attorney general, says there are valid reasons for the Russian investigation as too many people from Trump's campaign team associated with foreign officials.

But Trump, egged on by conservative media outlets and Fox News commentators, lashed out at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, accusing the agency of spying on his campaign for "political purposes".

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Treasury imposed sanctions against the head of the Central Bank of Iran, Valiulla Seif, reported on the Agency's website. The European members of the deal - France, the United Kingdom and Germany - are trying to keep it alive without the U.S.

Devin Nunes and Trey Gowdy did not take up an invitation to meet with the Justice Department last week, citing leaks within the agency. "The Justice Department is independent and serves the American people", Feinstein tweeted.

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 USA citizen source could be endangered, and that ongoing intelligence investigations could be compromised. McCarthy speculated that the spy's information was the real source of the U.S. Russian Federation investigation. Giuliani defended the president's actions.

Senator Lindsey Graham says he does not want to interfere with Mueller's investigation but he does have his concerns.

Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon to double down on his intentions to investigate reports that Cambridge professor Stefan Halper, 73, was an alleged secret informant who met with Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos dating back to the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.

Trump's directive to open a politically motivated probe "could genuinely produce a crisis" for law enforcement, writes Benjamin Wittes of the Brookings Institution.

Trump fully endorses that view and first addressed it in a string of tweets in March 2017, in which he alleged the Obama administration had ordered a wiretap on Trump Tower, his business and campaign headquarters. But the DOJ, backed by the White House, did not provide the documents, informing Nunes earlier this month that providing the information would threaten the life of the source and jeopardize national security. Trump later fired Comey over the bureau's Russian Federation investigation.

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