The battle is heating up over the identity and role of a top-secret FBI source who allegedly spied on the Trump campaign, or was infiltrated into Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
President Trump said Thursday if this is true, the scandal is “bigger than Watergate.”
The Washington Post wrote on Thursday that “The stakes are so high that the FBI has been working over the past two weeks to mitigate the potential damage if the source’s identity is revealed, according to several people familiar with the matter. The bureau is taking steps to protect other live investigations that the person has worked on and is trying to lessen any danger to associates if the informant’s identity becomes known, said these people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence operations.”
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has requested documents from the Justice Department that would reveal exactly who their informant was, but the DOJ has denied his request, claiming that that releasing the information could endanger lives and pose a risk to national security.
President Trump angrily tweeted on Saturday, “If the FBI or DOJ was infiltrating a campaign for the benefit of another campaign, that is a really big deal. Only the release or review of documents that the House Intelligence Committee (also, Senate Judiciary) is asking for can give the conclusive answers. Drain the Swamp!”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) threatened on Saturday that the GOP should not pursue trying to learn the identify of the informant, saying they could be crossing a legal line.
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REPORT: Schumer threatens GOP to not pursue FBI informant’s identity