President Trump tweeted in March 2017 that the Obama administration
"had his wires tapped" during the 2016 presidential campaign, he
wasn't entirely wrong.
this week the New York Times published
a story revealing the FBI was not only spying on the Trump campaign,
but had at least one FBI informant embedded within it. Further, the
piece reveals the FBI didn't have enough evidence to open a criminal
investigation into members of the Trump campaign, so a
counterintelligence investigation was launched instead.
investigations can take years, but if the Russian government had
influence over the Trump campaign, the F.B.I. wanted to know
quickly. One option was the most direct: interview the campaign
officials about their Russian contacts.
That was discussed but not acted on, two former officials said,
because interviewing witnesses or subpoenaing documents might
thrust the investigation into public view, exactly what F.B.I.
officials were trying to avoid during the heat of the presidential
They said that anything the F.B.I. did publicly would only give
fodder to Mr. Trump’s claims on the campaign trail that the
election was rigged.
The F.B.I. obtained phone records and other documents using
national security letters — a secret type of subpoena — officials
at least one government informant met several times with
Mr. Page and Mr. Papadopoulos, current and former officials said.
That has become a politically contentious point, with Mr. Trump’s
allies questioning whether the F.B.I. was spying on the Trump
campaign or trying to entrap campaign officials.
The Washington Post has
published a similar story:
story came just days ahead of the expected release of a Department
of Justice Inspector General report about how the FBI handled the
criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's mishandling of
classified information on her personal email server. Those who have
followed the FBI saga closely have a theory about the timing and a