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Politics Why this FBI informant thing is a big deal

01:26  22 may  2018
01:26  22 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

Giuliani says Trump doesn't actually know about FBI informant in campaign

  Giuliani says Trump doesn't actually know about FBI informant in campaign The former mayor added that the team of Special Counsel Robert Mueller had agreed to limit the scope of an interview.Giuliani, a recent addition to the legal team, held a wide-ranging interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo Friday morning, as the President used a tweet to cite a Fox News commenter saying that federal investigators were "out to frame" him.

Your FBI informant glossary. FBI headquarters in D.C. (Jim Bourg/Reuters). Here's your cheat sheet to these characters and, to the best we can surmise, their motivations If the FBI or DOJ was infiltrating a campaign for the benefit of another campaign, that is a really big deal .

Rush Limbaugh: Why Did Obama's FBI Place An Informant Inside - rcpblog.com. It was a Clinton-donating Australian diplomat who ratted out Papadopoulos. The FBI has said 3 things This is a big deal , it is a gigantic big deal .

a close up of a rug© Provided by WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post President Trump says the FBI implanted an informant in his campaign, and in a tweet Sunday, he demanded that the Justice Department investigate whether that actually happened.

The FBI spying on a U.S. presidential campaign would indeed be big news. But there's zero evidence that it happened.

The facts as reported by The Washington Post and New York Times lead us to this: In 2016, the FBI was trying to determine the extent of Russian interference in the presidential campaign. At one point, they relied on a retired American professor to suss out Trump-Russia ties by talking to Trump campaign officials. (No surprise: The professor did not share with them that he was going to relay their conversations to the FBI.)

Rudy Giuliani questions whether there was FBI informant in Trump campaign

  Rudy Giuliani questions whether there was FBI informant in Trump campaign Rudy Giuliani said he doesn't know for sure if the FBI had an informant in the Trump campaign. "Here's the issue that I really feel strongly about with this informant, if there is one. First of all, I don't know for sure, nor does the President, if there really was. We're told that," the former New York City mayor told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day."The New York Times reported Wednesday that at least one government informant met several times with Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.

Rush Limbaugh: Why Did Obama's FBI Place An Informant Inside - rcpblog.com. It was a Clinton-donating Australian diplomat who ratted out Papadopoulos. The FBI has said 3 things This is a big deal , it is a gigantic big deal .

And I think this is why .. You know, there’s a FISA application for the warrant to spy, FISA, and it uses the dossier. But there have to be other things in that application. For example, he said there was a volunteer informant talking to the FBI .

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Now Trump's allies in Congress want to know who this guy was.

It all may sound shady to Trump, but intelligence experts say that kind of information-gathering is totally legal and even normal procedure for the FBI as it starts an investigation.

All that, in one paragraph: The FBI says it's playing by the rule book in the Russia investigation; Trump says the FBI is doing something so egregious that the entire Russia investigation should stop. What's new in American politics, right?

A few things, actually. There are at least three ways this current spat between Trump and the Justice Department could have serious implications for the investigation led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III:

Trump: FBI infiltrating campaign would be 'a really big deal'

  Trump: FBI infiltrating campaign would be 'a really big deal' President Trump suggested on Saturday that the Justice Department should release documents related to a top-secret FBI informant who met with members of his campaign during the 2016 presidential election.In a tweet, Trump said that it would be a "really big deal" if FBI and Justice Department "infiltrated" his campaign for political purposes, and said that only the release of Justice Department documents would provide "conclusive answeIn a tweet, Trump said that it would be a "really big deal" if FBI and Justice Department "infiltrated" his campaign for political purposes, and said that only the release of Justice Department documents would provide "conclusive answers.

Craig Monteilh describes how he prenteded to be a radical Muslim in order to root out potential threats, shining a light on some of the bureau 's more ethically murky practices.

On Wednesday, The Hill reported that a key FBI informant involved in the investigation of the Clinton/Russia/Uranium scandal was threatened by the Obama administration At least one American businessman says he directly witnessed Russian efforts to convince the Clintons to approve that deal .

Head spinning with all this? Mine too. Scroll down to the bottom of the newsletter for a cheat sheet on the key players. Meanwhile, here's another angle:

Did Rosenstein just indulge Trump's conspiracy theory on the FBI spy?

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There's a third option available to top Justice Department officials besides give up the source or quitting, and it looks like Rosenstein took it: try to placate the president by launching an internal review into whether the FBI spied on the Trump campaign.

Rosenstein announced such an inquiry Sunday, hours after Trump demanded one. Remember, there's no evidence that there was an actual spy.  So why did Rosenstein launch an investigation into one, asks The Fix's Aaron Blake? "[Is he] indulging Trump's and his allies' conspiracy theories too much?”

Blake explains that at the very least, Rosenstein handed Trump a PR win: “Trump can now credibly say the Justice Department is looking into political bias in the Russia investigation, which risks furthering his goal of undermining the entire investigation.”

Trump told confidant he wanted to brand FBI informant a 'spy' because he thought it would resonate with media, public: report

  Trump told confidant he wanted to brand FBI informant a 'spy' because he thought it would resonate with media, public: report President Trump told a confidant this week that he aimed "to brand" an FBI informant on his campaign a "spy" because he thought it sounded more nefarious, according to The Associated Press. Trump reportedly told one ally that he thought these embellishments would produce a greater response among media and the public.The president has seized on reports of the informa nt, claiming that the former Cambridge University professor had been "embedded" in his campaign by the FBI under the Obama administration, though the White House has provided no supporting evidence.

Reports that the FBI wiretapped former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort are a further sign of the seriousness of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation . This news is a big deal primarily because of what it takes to obtain such a wiretap order.

President Donald Trump on Saturday appeared to respond to new reports that an FBI informant had reached out to multiple campaign aides during the 2016 presidential campaign. "If the FBI or DOJ was infiltrating a campaign for the benefit of another campaign, that is a really big deal

Your FBI informant glossary

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Here's your cheat sheet to these characters and, to the best we can surmise, their motivations:

Trump: He wants the special counsel investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russia to end, ASAP. His legal team sees forcing the revelation of the FBI informant as one way to do that.

Rosenstein: The Trump administration official solely in charge of the Mueller investigation (since Attorney General Jeff Sessions stepped aside from all things Russia.) He doesn't want to reveal the source, but he also doesn't want to give Trump a reason to fire him and potentially end the Russia investigation.

Devin Nunes wearing a suit and tie© Provided by WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington PostRep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.): One of Trump's biggest allies in Congress. He's the one demanding that the Justice Department share information about this informant as part of a GOP-led investigation into the FBI.

A retired American professor: The informant, or as much as we know about him. We don't know his motivations, but we do know he is a longtime source for the FBI and CIA, and the FBI used him to talk to Trump campaign officials in 2016.

a man in a suit standing in front of a building© Provided by WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington PostSam Clovis, Carter Page, George Papadopoulos: The Trump campaign officials we know the informant met with. Clovis was Trump's campaign co-chair. Page is a foreign policy adviser whom the FBI later got a warrant to spy on. And Papadopoulos is a foreign policy adviser who arguably started the whole Russia investigation by bragging to an Australian diplomat that Russia had damaging material on Hillary Clinton.

We don't know what the informant got out of his conversations with these three. The president is making clear the fact they happened at all could put the entire Russia investigation in jeopardy.

Schiff: 'No evidence' to support Trump's spy theory .
The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday that there is "no evidence" to support President Trump's claim that there was an FBI informant in his presidential campaign. "This is just a piece of propaganda the president wants to put out and repeat," Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said on ABC's "This Week.""And certainly we've seen this pattern before," he added. "They put this out there and then they say well now that it's out there, we need to investigate it."Trump has recently argued that the FBI improperly spied on his presidential campaign through the use of the informant.

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