White House seizes on claim of FBI spy in­side campaign

Irish Independent - - World News - Philip Rucker

US PRES­I­DENT Don­ald Trump marked the first an­niver­sary of the spe­cial coun­sel’s Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion by re­peat­ing ac­cu­sa­tions the FBI had a con­fi­den­tial informant in­side his 2016 campaign.

He tweeted: “Wow, word seems to be com­ing out that the Obama FBI ‘SPIED ON THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN WITH AN EM­BED­DED INFORMANT.’ Andrew Mc­Carthy says, ‘There’s prob­a­bly no doubt that they had at least one con­fi­den­tial informant in the campaign.’ If so, this is big­ger than Water­gate!”

Mr Trump ap­peared to be re­act­ing to re­cent news re­ports there may have been a top-se­cret source in­side the Trump campaign pro­vid­ing in­tel­li­gence to the FBI as it be­gan its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Rus­sia’s in­ter­fer­ence in the elec­tion process.

But claims by Trump al­lies there was an informant em­bed­ded in­side the campaign have not been sub­stan­ti­ated.

Mr Mc­Carthy, a for­mer fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor, ap­peared on ‘Fox and Friends’, the Fox News Chan­nel morn­ing show Mr Trump reg­u­larly watches, shortly be­fore the pres­i­dent’s tweet spec­u­lat­ing about FBI in­for­mants in­side Trump’s campaign.

Mr Trump – as well as his at­tor­ney Rudy Guil­iani and White House of­fi­cials – have seized on the mat­ter to un­der­mine spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller’s probe.

In a sec­ond tweet, Mr Trump said: “Congratulations Amer­ica, we are now into the sec­ond year of the great­est Witch Hunt in Amer­i­can His­tory... and there is still No Col­lu­sion and No Ob­struc­tion.

“The only Col­lu­sion was that done by Democrats who were un­able to win an Elec­tion de­spite the spend­ing of far more money!”

Mr Trump’s lawyers have been in ne­go­ti­a­tions with Mr Mueller’s team for months about whether the pres­i­dent would sit for an in­ter­view.

Mr Gi­u­liani said on Wed­nes­day that the spe­cial coun­sel’s team had in­formed the pres­i­dent’s at­tor­neys re­cently that pros­e­cu­tors do not be­lieve they can charge a sit­ting pres­i­dent with a crime un­der Jus­tice Depart­ment guide­lines, sig­nalling they would leave it to Congress to ad­dress any pos­si­ble find­ings of wrong­do­ing by Mr Trump.

Yes­ter­day, Mr Gi­u­liani called for an end to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

On the al­le­ga­tions of an FBI informant, Mr Gi­u­liani said he was “shocked to hear that they put a spy in the campaign of a ma­jor-party can­di­date, maybe two spies”.

He added: “Maybe a spe­cial coun­sel, spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor, never should have been ap­pointed.” (© Wash­ing­ton Post)

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Spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller is lead­ing the probe into the Trump pres­i­den­tial campaign.

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