Offbeat ‘Bigger Than Watergate!’ Trump Fumes as Russia Inquiry Enters Second Year

17:41  17 may  2018
17:41  17 may  2018 Source:   nytimes.com

Trump: Report that Obama FBI spied on campaign could be 'bigger than Watergate'

  Trump: Report that Obama FBI spied on campaign could be 'bigger than Watergate' President Trump on Thursday touted a report saying the FBI under former President Obama spied on the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election, saying that the revelation could be "bigger than Watergate.""Wow, word seems to be coming out that the Obama FBI "SPIED ON THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN WITH AN IMBEDDED INFORMANT," the president tweeted in reference to a National Review report published last week.

Bigger than Watergate ! Plus, Obama did NOTHING about Russian meddling. As Infowars reported, the Russian nationals were featured in a 2014 Buzzfeed article – long before Trump entered the Deep State Attempts To Derail Trump 's American Recovery By Provoking World War With Russia .

More than a year after the U.S. election, allegations of Russian interference continue to cast a shadow over the Donald Trump White House. "This scandal is bigger than Watergate ," The Guardian reporter Luke Harding told The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Trump tweeted on Thursday that the F.B.I.’s investigative steps in the Russia inquiry could prove to be “bigger than Watergate!” © Doug Mills/The New York Times President Trump tweeted on Thursday that the F.B.I.’s investigative steps in the Russia inquiry could prove to be “bigger than Watergate!”

WASHINGTON — President Trump asserted on Thursday that federal investigators attempted to infiltrate his 2016 campaign with a confidential informant — a scandalous overreach, he said, that would be “bigger than Watergate!”

In some sense, many analysts have said, he is right: Efforts by a hostile foreign power to influence an American presidential election — with or without the assistance or knowledge of the winning candidate — may well be a scandal “bigger than Watergate!”

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The F.B.I. and a team of special prosecutors are investigating whether any of Mr. Trump’s associates were coordinating with Russia to help Mr. Trump defeat his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. And, since the appointment of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, the investigation has expanded to include inquiries into whether Mr. Trump has attempted to obstruct justice to bring an end to what he regularly calls a witch hunt.

Top Senate Democrat warns against exposing an FBI source in Russia probe, calls it 'illegal'

  Top Senate Democrat warns against exposing an FBI source in Russia probe, calls it 'illegal' Virginia Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a series of posts on Twitter Friday that attempting to unmask a confidential source was "irresponsible" and "potentially illegal."An influential Senate Democrat warned on Friday that attempts to expose an FBI source during an active investigation was "potentially illegal," amid reports that a secret informant has fed the bureau information relevant to the ongoing probe of Russia's electoral interference.

"I think it's probably bigger than Watergate because it's about the future," Clinton responded. President Trump on Saturday tweeted that the federal inquiry into whether his campaign colluded with Russia to influence the election "should never have started."

"It's a lot worse than Watergate ," he said. " Watergate was a third-rate burglary. He added that if more evidence of Trump associates' ties to Russia emerged, Comey's firing would "certainly be bigger than Watergate ."

Thursday is the first anniversary of Mr. Mueller’s appointment. Since then, Mr. Trump has considered firing Mr. Mueller, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein — drawing parallels to the Watergate investigation more than four decades earlier, when Richard M. Nixon, ordered his attorney general and deputy attorney general to fire the special prosecutor investigating abuses in the 1972 presidential election. Both Justice Department officials resigned rather than carrying out the order.

In the first year of Mr. Mueller’s investigation, he has brought dozens of criminal charges against former associates of Mr. Trump as well as Russians and Russian companies involved in the influence campaign.

Mr. Trump also mentioned the use of a confidential informant. At least one government informant met several times with two of Mr. Trump’s former campaign aides, officials have said.

In an earlier Twitter post on Thursday, Mr. Trump repeated his assertion that the investigation was “the greatest Witch Hunt in American History.”

Nunes says he won't meet with DOJ officials until they hand over documents .
House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said on Sunday that he will not meet officials from the Justice Department until he receives documents connected to an FBI source who met with Trump campaign aides in 2016 over alleged contacts between members of the campaign and Russia. Nunes accused someone in the DOJ of leaking the information after he and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) did not agree to Justice officials' offer to answer questions from lawmakers in a briefing..@DevinNunes: "We don't know if there's one informant or more informants." #SundayFutures@MariaBartiromopic.twitter.

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