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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.

Today News - ‘ Bigger Than Watergate !’ Trump Fumes as Russia Inquiry Enters Second Year President Trump tweeted on Thursday that the F.B.I.’s investigative

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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.

‘Bigger Than Watergate’? Both Sides Say Yes, but for Different Reasons

  ‘Bigger Than Watergate’? Both Sides Say Yes, but for Different Reasons Forty-four years after Richard Nixon resigned, critics of President Trump see an even worse scandal. Mr. Trump says the real outrage is the investigation.WASHINGTON — President Trump and his critics actually agree on something.

President Trump tweeted on Thursday that the F.B.I.’s investigative steps in the Russia inquiry could prove to be “ bigger than Watergate !”CreditCreditDoug Mills/The New York Times.

The Watergate investigation took more than two years from the burglary to Mr. Nixon’s resignation. Whitewater lasted six years and Iran-contra seven. Trump Says Russia Inquiry ’s Overreach Is a Scandal ‘ 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.”

Comey: Trump's 'Spygate' claims are made up .
<p>Former FBI Director James Comey said late Thursday that claims by President Trump and his allies that the FBI improperly spied on his presidential campaign were made up.</p>"As best I can tell, it's made up. I don't know where he's getting that from, honestly," Comey told late night host Conan O'Brien during an interview on Thursday night.

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