DOJ Says Watchdog Will Look Into Trump Campaign Surveillance

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

The president's announcement followed a series of earlier tweets on Sunday in which Mr. Trump lambasted the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation as the "world's most expensive Witch Hunt". They potentially voided a constitutional crisis by politely, yet effectively, sidelined the President's attempt to interfere in an ongoing investigation. "So what we have here is an investigation in search of a crime, which is utterly un-American", said Cortes.

Giuliani also said Sunday that Mueller plans to finish his probe by September 1, a claim that the special counsel's team has not commented.

"This would be the culmination of the investigation into the president", Giuliani said.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It is not certain that Trump will sit for an interview with Mueller, though the president has publicly said he would.

"A very courageous man", Trump said.

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It said Mr Mueller's investigators had questioned witnesses in Washington, New York, Atlanta, Tel Aviv and elsewhere regarding possible foreign help to the campaign. None consider that these agencies could have been attempting the hard task of investigating Russia's meddling in the campaign on Trump's behalf without improperly influencing the election by revealing the probe. Slow-rolled by DOJ top brass, Nunes issued a subpoena in early May for all documents related to a person described by the Washington Post as a "sensitive, longtime intelligence source for the CIA and Federal Bureau of Investigation".

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

The request was made by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

"We are in a state of constitutional crisis when we have a DOJ acting at the behest of the president", Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, wrote on the heels of Trump's tweet, which capped off a prolonged Sunday Twitter rant in which the president continued to call Mueller's probe a "witch hunt". Trump tweeted yesterday afternoon.

The two GOP congressmen released a statement calling the meeting "productive" and expressing hope for a continued "dialogue" with the Justice Department. Havng the name become public could put lives at risk, these critics caution.

Trump has grown frustrated with the Justice Department for refusing to turn over to congressional Republicans documents related to the informant. Giuliani defended the president's actions.

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"So if the President really gives Rod Rosenstein or Chris Wray an order (as opposed to Twitter bluster) demanding a particular investigation not properly predicated under FBI/DOJ guidelines for this overtly political objective, I believe both men will resign rather than comply", Wittes wrote. "To me, there's not much of a difference between an informant's ongoing collection of information in a surreptitious way or a spy".

There is already an investigation into all aspects relating to Trump's campaign for the 2016 election and whether Russian Federation tried to influence the outcome.

Committee Democrats said Republicans did not conduct the 14-month probe in good faith.

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

Trump had harbored suspicion since previous year that his campaign had been spied by the Obama administration. Comey later testified to Congress that internal reviews found no information to support the president's tweets.

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