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President Trump's demand for investigation may lead to 'constitutional crisis'

22 May 2018

"If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action".

Justice Department to examine Trump's claim...

He contended investigators have "found no Collussion (sic) with Russia, No Obstruction, but they aren't looking at the corruption" in the campaign of his Democratic challenger two years ago, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Rosenstein is the DOJ's top supervisor over the Russian Federation investigation, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from it over potential appearances of impropriety.

But when asked whether there was an informant on the campaign, Giuliani told CNN, "I don't know for sure, nor does the president, if there really was one", though he said they have always been told there was "some kind of infiltration".

Fox News producer, Jake Gibson, tweeted last week that a DOJ official revealed Nunes and Gowdy had not responded to the invitation despite their demands for pertinent documents from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

"It would be at best irresponsible, and at worst potentially illegal, for members of Congress to use their positions to learn the identity of an FBI source for the objective of undermining the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in our election", Warner wrote in a statement. Although Trump has suggested the source was embedded in his campaign, USA officials have told CNN that was not the case.

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As a pair of Post articles, dated May 8 and 9, explained, the DOJ has refused to provide the documents, concerned that the safety of the USA citizen source could be endangered, and that ongoing intelligence investigations could be compromised.

Giuliani's apparent attempt to publicly pressure Mueller amid interview negotiations came just hours after Trump's demand for a new inquiry, which moved beyond his usual blustery accusations of institutional wrongdoing and into the realm of applying presidential pressure on the Justice Department, a move few of his predecessors have made. The suggestion by Trump would undermine former FBI Director James Comey's claim that the feds didn't begin investigating the campaign until late July 2016. "Never mind that DOJ has warned that lives and alliances are at risk".

Of course, all of these interpretations rest on the notion that if the Federal Bureau of Investigation surveilled the Trump campaign, it was motivated by political bias.

Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon to double down on his intentions to investigate reports that Cambridge professor Stefan Halper, 73, was an alleged secret informant who met with Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos dating back to the 2016 Trump presidential campaign. Only the release or review of documents that the House Intelligence Committee (also, Senate Judiciary) is asking for can give the conclusive answers.

Committee Democrats said Republicans did not conduct the 14-month probe in good faith.

It's a good case study in how outlandish theories created to discredit the Mueller investigation and bolster Trump's position travel from the fringes to the White House.

And White House Chief of Staff Kelly will set up a meeting with the FBI, DoJ, the Department of National Intelligence and congressional leaders to review "highly classified and other information they have requested".

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At the same time, Pompeo offered Iran a series of dramatic potential USA concessions if it agrees to make "major changes". It is better for Iran to suspend its commitments under the JCPOA because the agreement has been breached, Larijani said.

President Trump's demand for investigation may lead to 'constitutional crisis'