President Trump's demand for investigation may lead to 'constitutional crisis'
- Author: Sonia Alvarado May 23, 2018,
May 23, 2018, 0:09
In a series of tweets on Sunday, Trump criticised Mueller's investigation, calling it a "witch-hunt" and asserting that it had not found any collusion with Russian Federation.
President Trump tweeted on Sunday that he would formally request that the Justice Department investigate whether his campaign was "infiltrated or surveilled" by the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the 2016 campaign, in what could set up a high-stakes, Nixonian clash between Trump's authoritarian whims and the USA government's institutional resilience.
The expanded probe, she said, will "include determining whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its counterintelligence investigation of persons suspected of involvement with the Russian agents who interfered in the 2016 presidential election".
DOJ spokesperson Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement that the inspector general would consult with "the appropriate US attorney" about whether there is any evidence of potential criminal conduct, The Hill reported.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made the request for the DOJ IG to intervene.
President Donald Trump says he will order an investigation Monday into claims an FBI informant infiltrated his 2016 election campaign - setting up a potential showdown with the Justice Department. There's no evidence that the investigation or use of the informant was ordered by President Obama.
Wittes asserted that although Trump has the legal authority to demand an investigation into the FBI, he doubted either Wray or Rosenstein could follow through with such an order.
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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.
Congressional representatives, with the assistance of top intelligence agency officials, will gain access to sensitive details of the FBI's investigation into Russian election meddling. Trump tweeted yesterday afternoon.
Ned Price, who served on the National Security Council under President Barack Obama tells VOA that Trump's charge is risky to American democracy.
George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy advisor to the Trump campaign, was one of those contacted by the informant.
Giuliani's apparent attempt to publicly pressure Mueller amid interview negotiations came just hours after Trump's demand for a new inquiry, which moved beyond his usual blustery accusations of institutional wrongdoing and into the realm of applying presidential pressure on the Justice Department, a move few of his predecessors have made.
Senator Mark Warner, who is the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said: "Publicly outing a source risks not only their life, but the lives of every American, because when sources are burned it makes it that much harder for every part of the intelligence community to gather intelligence on those who wish to do us harm".
So far, the Mueller team has indicted a total of 22 people and companies.
But Mr Trump and his supporters have multiplied their attacks on the special counsel's work. Mr Mueller is a Republican.
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