by Daveda Gruber:
President Trump has had enough. Quite honestly, I’ve had enough too. On Sunday Trump tweeted out a very strong message.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2018
Late last week Trump began accusing the Justice Department of trying to frame him by planting a spy in his campaign.
His own lawyer said the allegation might not be true.
In promoting a presumption that is going around, Trump quoted Fox Business anchor David Asman and tweeted this on Friday:
“Apparently the DOJ put a Spy in the Trump Campaign. This has never been done before and by any means necessary, they are out to frame Donald Trump for crimes he didn’t commit.” David Asman @LouDobbs @GreggJarrett Really bad stuff!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2018
Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, shed some doubt on that.
Giuliani told CNN, when asked whether there was an “informant” in the 2016 presidential campaign, “I don’t know for sure, nor does the president, if there really was one,” though he said they have long been told there was “some kind of infiltration.”
The National Review, earlier this month, raised the question of a possible FBI spy in Trump’s campaign. The article mentions work by California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, who is a zealous Trump supporter and head of the House Intelligence Committee. He has demanded information on an FBI source in the Russia investigation.
Virginia Senator Mark Warner is the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee as its vice chairman. He objected on Friday to such demands and emphasized “the critical importance of protecting sources and methods.”
Warner wrote in a statement, “It would be at best irresponsible, and at worst potentially illegal, for members of Congress to use their positions to learn the identity of an FBI source for the purpose of undermining the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in our election. Anyone who is entrusted with our nation’s highest secrets should act with the gravity and seriousness of purpose that knowledge deserves.”
Well, excuse me, but what do you do if you can’t trust the FBI?
This past week ‘The New York Times’ reported independently that at least one government informant met several times with Carter Page and George Papadopoulos who were both former foreign policy advisers for Trump’s Republican campaign.
On Friday ‘The New York Times’ reported that the informant talked to Page and Papadopoulos because they had suspicious contacts linked to Russia. The newspaper credited the information to present and former FBI officials.
Friday was a big day. Giuliani said special counsel Robert Mueller has narrowed his possible interview subject areas from five to two. This comes as negotiations continue over whether the president will sit down and answer questions in the Russia investigation.
I’m not sure if that is a good idea. Mueller is investigating possible coordination between Russia and Trump’s 2016 campaign. Do you trust Mueller?
A few of Trump outside advisers, including former chief strategist Stephen Bannon have stepped up their attacks on the Department of Justice. They are calling for it to release more documents to the White House and they are saying that a confidential source has worked against Trump.
I find it difficult to trust anyone these days.