Trump says spy infiltrated his campaign; lawyer casts doubt

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Trump eventually started using the term in November after he saw it "played well" with conservative media, and ever since, the president has often deployed the phrase to describe a litany of his political opponents. The accusation became serious enough that the heads of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees as well as the so-called Congressional "Gang of Eight" that consists of those individuals and their Democratic counterparts as well as the leadership of the Republican and Democratic Caucuses in the House and Senate to pressure law enforcement officials to release information about surveillance of the Trump campaign prior to the election and the genesis of the Russian Federation investigation. As someone who is old enough to remember the impeachment of President Richard Nixon, I worry that we are now at that point, and we may be facing "civil war" over impeachment of President Trump, which nearly certainly will happen if the Democrats take back the House of Representatives this fall. Yet, 53 percent of Americans say they now believe Mueller's investigation is politically motivated, according to a CBS poll.

Trump's claim is his latest attack on the credibility of the Russian Federation investigation as being politically motivated, though it's a significant new step in his attacks on what is meant to be an independent probe working to get to the bottom of Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 election. Mueller was appointed by Trump's deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein. Most hurtful personally, Clapper said, Trump has "besmirched" the intelligence community and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and caused Americans to lose faith in institutions they must rely on to keep them safe.

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The President also provided the answer in the same tweet and said, "Because he thought Crooked Hillary was going to win, and he didn't want to upset the apple cart!"

Trump's unsubstantiated ideas are sometimes given weight by establishment Republicans, making them more powerful.

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The Obama administration obtained warrants to wiretap Trump associates by lying to FISA judges. The secretary for homeland security, Kirstjen Nielsen, having been yelled at during a Cabinet meeting by Trump angry his wall hasn't been built, was so intimidated that she said publicly she was unaware the entire intelligence community agreed the Russians worked illegally to elect Trump.

"So Republicans largely, many independents, even some Democrats now question the legitimacy of [the Mueller investigation]", Giuliani said. Follow his Facebook Page here.

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