Kirsters Baish| We learned this past week that under direction of the Obama White House, the CIA and the FBI spied on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Information revealed that they had placed an informant directly in the middle of the Trump campaign. They are guilty of having used “national security letters” in order to obtain information on the campaign with no FISA warrant or judicial review.
President Donald Trump did what anyone would do. He called for the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into the matter.
The President tweeted on Sunday, “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!”
The liberals of America flipped when they heard the news.
The Washington Examiner reported that after the announcement, friend to disgraced former FBI Director James Comey and Lawfare’s editor in chief, Benjamin Wittes, stated that he believes that FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will both resign before they follow through with the investigation into possible FBI infiltration of Trump’s presidential campaign. Wittes insisted that this kind of demand is a “nakedly corrupt attempt … to derail an investigation of himself at the expense of a human source to whose protection the FBI and DOJ are committed.”
Clearly Wittes is wrong in this case, as the Justice Department didn’t take long to answer the President’s tweet, explaining that they would, in fact, be following through with the investigation.
The Daily Wire writes:
In a statement, DOJ spokesperson Sarah Isgur Flores said, “The Department has asked the Inspector General to expand the ongoing review of the FISA application process to 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. As always, the IG will consult with the appropriate U.S. Attorney if there is any evidence of potential criminal conduct.”
The Deputy Attorney General responded to Trump’s demand as well, explaining, “If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action.”
BizPac Review reported that the investigation 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.”
Yes, this response sounds ideal, but it leaves us with important questions. The actions of the CIA are not under the jurisdiction of the Justice Department, so where would the review of their actions be? We are also left wondering if this investigation would delay the much awaited Inspector General report on previous issues?
Only time will tell, but President Trump clearly isn’t taking this one laying down.