Trump Claims Ex-Intel Chief Admitted FBI Spied on His Campaign. That's False. - NECN

Trump Claims Ex-Intel Chief Admitted FBI Spied on His Campaign. That's False.

Trump has used Clapper's comments as part of an effort to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe

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    Trump on Campaign Spying Claim: ‘I Want Total Transparency’

    President Donald Trump said he wants “total transparency” from the Department of Justice on whether the FBI spied on his campaign for political reasons. (Published Wednesday, May 23, 2018)

    President Donald Trump repeated a claim Thursday that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper admitted the FBI had spied on his presidential campaign.

    But that mischaracterizes what Clapper said on "The View" this week, NBC News reported.

    Responding to a direct question from one of the hosts, Joy Behar — "Was the FBI spying on Trump's campaign?" — Clapper said, "No, they were not." He went on to explain that the purpose of the FBI's reported use of an informant, which is different from a "spy," was to determine what the Russians were doing.

    Trump has used Clapper's comments as part of an effort to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe. Trump has branded the FBI's use of an informant "spygate."

    Trump Demands Probe of Supposed Campaign 'Spy'

    [NATL] Trump Demands Probe of Supposed Campaign 'Spy'

    The Department of Justice says it will investigate President Donald Trump's claim that his campaign was infiltrated by an FBI "spy."

    (Published Monday, May 21, 2018)