US President Donald Trump said Sunday he will demand the Department of Justice investigate whether the FBI or the department “infiltrated or surveilled” his presidential campaign for political purposes.
The investigation should also look into whether any such requests were made by people in the administration of his predecessor, Barack Obama, Trump said on Twitter.
Trump will formally demand the investigation on Monday, he said in the tweet, one in a series he posted early Sunday repeating many of his past claims about the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.
The FBI reportedly had a confidential source talk with Trump advisers about his team’s possible ties to Russia and the country’s influence over the election.
For days, Trump has been questioning whether the FBI placed such a source in his campaign. Investigators and government sources quoted by US media have reported that it did not.
The Justice Department said in March it would explore a series of applications to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, so at least part of Trump’s request already is covered.
Trump’s tweetstorm also took on the New York Times for publishing a story Saturday about an emissary representing the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates offering help to Trump’s campaign.
He said the story indicated that since the Mueller probe has “found nothing on Russia & me,” it now is looking at the rest of the world.
The president also again trashed the investigation headed by special counsel Robert Mueller as an expensive “witch hunt.”