Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has responded to President Donald Trump's request for a probe into whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation placed an informant in his 2016 presidential campaign for "political purposes".
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said if anyone did infiltrate the Trump campaign, the DOJ would need to know about it and then take action.
Under pressure from President Donald Trump, the Justice Department on Sunday asked its inspector general to assess whether political motivation tainted the FBI investigation into ties between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign - a remarkable step officials hoped might avert a larger clash between the president and federal law enforcement officials.
There is an ongoing investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 United States election, whether there was any collusion between the Kremlin and Trump's election campaign and whether the president tried unlawfully to obstruct the inquiry.
The Washington Post called him "a longtime USA intelligence source" and said he met with a third campaign adviser - am Clovis - as well as Page and Papadopoulos.
Republican lawmakers have alleged the FBI's wiretap requests were based chiefly on information from a controversial dossier prepared by former British spy Christopher Steele, who had been paid for the work by the campaign of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.
The department noted that a USA attorney would be consulted if evidence of criminal conduct was found. The government also obtained a secret warrant in October 2016 to monitor former Trump campaign aide Carter Page's communications after convincing a judge it was appropriate to that investigation.
The president later wrote that if the allegations were true, it would be the "all time biggest political scandal!".
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President Trump called the FBI Director and Deputy Attorney General to the White House Wednesday.
White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders says while President Trump's meeting with Wray and Rosenstein will focus on congressional requests for documents and information, the meeting was scheduled last week - before the President's "demand" tweet Sunday.
Some Justice Department officials feared that the president's tweet signaled that he might overrule them and order the department to turn over the material Nunes seeks.
Mr. Trump added in his tweet on Sunday that he will ask DOJ to investigate whether any potential surveillance was ordered "by people within the Obama administration!"
The Washington Post reported a similar account.
Senator Mark Warner, who is the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said: "Publicly outing a source risks not only their life, but the lives of every American, because when sources are burned it makes it that much harder for every part of the intelligence community to gather intelligence on those who wish to do us harm". McCarthy speculated that the spy's information was the real source of the U.S. Russian Federation investigation.
Over the past year, Mueller's team has brought charges against 19 individuals, including several Trump campaign associates, and three Russian entities, notched five guilty pleas and seen one person sentenced.
Without providing any evidence on Sunday, Mr Trump demanded a stop to the inquiry - that he said was nearing $20m in costs and was composed of 13 "angry and heavily conflicted Democrats".