Trump Hurls Fireball At New FBI Discovery: ‘All Time Biggest Political Scandal’

President Trump is hitting back at a developing story of the FBI embedding an agent into the 2016 presidential campaign.

The story hit media headlines earlier this week and as more details get uncovered, Trump is calling it the “all time biggest political scandal.”

“Reports are there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president. It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a ‘hot’ Fake News story. If true – all time biggest political scandal!” Trump tweeted.

The president similarly tweeted about the FBI informant earlier in the day.

“‘Apparently the DOJ put a Spy in the Trump Campaign. This has never been done before and by any means necessary, they are out to frame Donald Trump for crimes he didn’t commit.’ David Asman @LouDobbs @GreggJarrett Really bad stuff!” Trump said in a tweet.

Per Washington Examiner:

The president seemed to be referencing a column from National Review’s Andrew McCarthy, which discussed Senate testimony from Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson about the FBI having a “human source” inside the Trump campaign.

Simpson told the Senate Judiciary Committee in August 2017 that Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence officer who was behind the Trump dossier, told him the FBI had an informant embedded in the campaign. According to McCarthy’s column, Simpson retracted his statement and said he mischaracterized what Steele told him.

Trump made the reference to the alleged FBI informant in a tweet Thursday, which marked the one-year anniversary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment to oversee the Russia probe.

Here’s more on the informant, per the Hill:

A secret FBI informant who has come into the spotlight in recent days reportedly met with three advisers to President Trump’s campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

The Washington Post reported Friday that in addition to meeting with Trump campaign advisers George Papadopoulos and Carter Page, the informant — described as an American academic — also met with former Trump campaign co-chairman Sam Clovis.

The informant, a retired professor who is said to be a longtime U.S. intelligence source, met Clovis for coffee in Northern Virginia in the summer of 2016, during which he offered to provide foreign policy advice to the campaign, the Post reported.

Continued:

The use of informants is relatively common, and they are typically used before other methods of intelligence gathering, like electronic surveillance.

But exactly how the informant became involved in the Russia investigation and how much information he provided to the FBI remains unclear.

The focus on the informant’s role by some conservatives and allies of Trump has reportedly sparked concern at the FBI, where officials have sought in recent weeks to mitigate the potential damage if the source’s identity is exposed.

Still, the informant has raised alarm bells for some Republicans, including House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who earlier this month subpoenaed the Justice Department for documents related to the source.

Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.

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