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Informant talk leads president to order inquiry

Trump demands to know if camp was watched illicitly

By Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

This article was originally published May 21, 2018 at 2:37 a.m. Updated May 21, 2018 at 2:37 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Sunday demanded that the Justice Department investigate whether the agency or the FBI "infiltrated or surveilled" his campaign at the behest of President Barack Obama's administration.

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23cal says... May 21, 2018 at 6:40 a.m.

" for inappropriate purposes" is the key phrase here.
Counter intelligence investigating Russian ties and interference isn't an "inappropriate purpose".
We know Trump had these people with Russian ties in his campaign. Gates and Flynn have already pleaded guilty.
Trump and his minions will try to paint counter intelligence operatives who surveiled them and others as "FBI informants for inappropriate purposes."
You can take it to the bank.

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BOLTAR says... May 21, 2018 at 7:54 a.m.

Keep digging, pumpkinhead, and you may well uncover yet more evidence of your ongoing effort to obstruct justice.

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cliffcarson says... May 21, 2018 at 8:15 a.m.

I am under the impression that Flynn and Gates were charged for offenses not related to Russian interference or Collusion. Isn't that correct?

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23cal says... May 21, 2018 at 8:20 a.m.

Cliff: Yes, they got small charges for other crimes in return for their agreement to cooperate as part of their plea bargain. Surely you aren't questioning that they had potentially illegal contacts with Russia agents for which they could be legally surveiled, are you?

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PopMom says... May 21, 2018 at 10:27 a.m.

No, the charges are related to Russian interference. One of the charges against Manafort is "conspiracy against the United States" and another has to do with money laundering. Manafort received about $17 million from a Ukrainian source associated with Putin, and he did not declare it to the IRS--instead trying to hide it in foreign accounts. For the money laundering, Manafort will go away for a decade at least. Some Ukrainian (related to Putin) money also was distributed to lobbyists.

Flynn only has pled guilty to making a false statement, but the false statement was the lie about whether he had communicated with the Russian ambassador. Flynn did received some money from Putin affiliates, but it was a much smaller amount and arguable for a speech given or other such services. Mueller has postponed the sentencing hearing on Flynn for a couple of months.

There is a newspaper report that Manafort's son-in-law is cooperating with Mueller.

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GeneralMac says... May 21, 2018 at 10:41 a.m.

and Barack HUSSEIN Obama ordered the FBI to "back off" investigating Hillary Clinton.

No mention of that by the " usual suspects" ?

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