Trump points to report that Federal Bureau of Investigation may have spied on his campaign

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"I've written a couple of columns in the last week or so pointing out that there is probably no doubt that they had at least one confidential informant in the campaign", McCarthy said on "Fox & Friends" Thursday.

After the Times piece was posted, Breitbart News ran a headline that said "Leakers to NYT Confirm FBI Ran Spy Operation Against Trump Campaign".

President Donald Trump touted a report Thursday alleging that his presidential campaign may have had a spy from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in its midst, claiming that if it's true it is "bigger than Watergate!" "What happened here is they did not have a criminal predicate to open an investigation on Trump as they had an huge criminal predicate to conduct the investigation of Mrs. Clinton".

"At least one" USA government informant met with Trump campaign officials in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

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"The Trump thing was a counter intelligence investigation".

In the media, conservatives had expounded on the narrative, claiming it's the red flag Republicans need to prove the Russian Federation investigation is a hoax and based on improperly obtained information. Multiple Trump campaign officials have been charged over their connections with Russia, and over a dozen Russian nationals have been indicted over their role in Russia's interference in the American election. "NYT slips in confirmation far down in story, and makes it out like it isn't a big deal".

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) responded to Trump's tweets in a speech from the Senate floor Thursday.

Then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer later attempted to clarify those comments, telling reporters, "The president used the word "wiretap" in quotes to mean broadly surveillance and other activities during that".

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